May 27, 2018
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82-year-old woman dies in Auburn fire

By Sun Journal

AUBURN, Maine — An elderly woman was killed Tuesday in an overnight fire at 6 Second St.

A passer-by called for help at 2:58 a.m. after spotting the flames. Firefighters knocked down Marilyn Bonney’s door and found the 82-year-old woman unconscious in her kitchen on the first floor, according to Deputy Fire Chief Geoff Low and Department of Public Safety spokesman Stephen McCausland.

Bonney died at the scene.

“It’s under investigation and it’s not suspicious,” said Lowe. “It looks like an unfortunate circumstance.”

A dog, cat and two birds also died in the fire.

The building at 6 Second St. had two apartment units, but Bonney was the building’s only occupant.

It took firefighters about 30 minutes to get the fire under control, according to Battalion Chief Richard McFadden. The fire is believed to have started in the cellar, he said.

The state fire marshal’s office is investigating, along with city police, fire and the electrical division.

According to property records in Auburn, the building is owned by Peter and Hermina Hart of Lisbon Falls.


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