Cigarette caused deadly Mesa County house fire |

Cigarette caused deadly Mesa County house fire

ORCHARD MESA, Colo. – Fire investigators say a house fire that killed an 86-year-old woman was accidentally caused by a cigarette left on a couch.

The Mesa County Coroner’s office said Monday that Phyllis Williams died from carbon monoxide poisoning after inhaling smoke. Firefighters went to Williams’ house Saturday night after a neighbor noticed smoke pouring out of her home. Firefighters pulled Williams out, but she later died at St. Mary’s Hospital.

The Grand Junction Fire Department says the fire may have been smoldering for some time when firefighters arrived.

Six cats also died in the blaze.


Information from: The Daily Sentinel,

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