YOUNGSTOWN - Foul play is not suspected in the death of an elderly woman killed in a fire Saturday.
The Mahoning County Coroner's Office reported that the remains of 77-year-old Kathleen Pasco of 1619 Homewood Ave. show that she died within minutes of the fire's onset and that there was no "inflicted trauma" found on the body.
Medical examiner Dr. Joseph Ohr noted that Pasco's remains also "demonstrated classic stigmata of smoke inhalation," according a news release issued today by the coroner's office.
The Youngstown Fire Department was called out to the home by Life Alert about 3:30 a.m. Firefighters found Pasco dead in the front room of the house near the Interstate 680 / Indianola Avenue interchange, reports state.
The room had sustained heavy fire damage. The coroner's office reported that Pasco suffered from chronic lung ailments requiring home oxygen. However, the fire remains under investigation. Toxicology results are pending.