House fire

The scene of a fatal house fire in Ashland on Saturday.

An 84-year-old Ashland woman was killed in a house fire Saturday.

The fire took the life of Dora Brown, 84, of Ashland, according to Boyd County Coroner Mark Hammond.

The fire broke out around noon at Brown's residence, 2712 Montgomery Ave. The residence is a short distance from 29th Street. Neighbors at the scene told of courageous attempts by both neighbors and police and fire to rescue the victim but it was too late.

"My son called me and said Dora's house was on fire!" said neighbor Tammy Brown. "The smoke was rolling out...he wasn't able to make it out."

Neighbor Joshua Pennington said he tried to run into the house and save Dora Brown.

"(Her son) came out yelling, 'help! help!' And I tried to go in and get Dora because he said 'Mom's in the back. Mom's in the back.' So I went in and got about 10 to 15 feet in and I had to turn back. I couldn't see and I couldn't breathe. I came out the door here and the police officers and fire department were coming in."

Neighbors said Dora Brown lived at the home with her daughter and son.

Tammy Brown described Dora Brown as a kind and giving woman. She at one point volunteered at King's Daughters Medical Center.

The Ashland Fire Department extinguished the fire in minutes. An investigation into the cause of the fire is ongoing.

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