- Associated Press - Saturday, May 16, 2015

RICHLAND, Wash. (AP) - Authorities in Richland, Washington, say a 67-year-old woman and two pets have been found dead after flames gutted a house.

The Tri-City Herald reports (https://is.gd/9pTO4h) that firefighters said they found the victim in the living room after the Friday morning fire. A dog and cat also died.

Benton County Coroner John Hansens identified her as Linda Saracson.

The woman’s roommate, Dennis Sparks, said he was out buying groceries when the fire started.

Richland fire Battalion Chief James Hempstead says firefighters found heavy flames coming from large front windows and from the back of the house. He says the fire was fought from the outside because it was too advanced and too hot for fire crews to get inside.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

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Information from: Tri-City Herald, https://www.tri-cityherald.com

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