It took Boone fire fighters just ten minutes to control the flames from a morning fire, but that wasn’t fast enough to save a young woman inside.
“The fire was coming from the first floor windows on the southwest corner of the house. Fire crews made quick entry and were able to retrieve a victim,” said Chief Justin Adams of the Boone Fire Department.
That victim is 17 year old Nyakuoth Chuol.
She was sleeping inside a first floor room when a fire started in the living room around 4 AM.
The home was a transitional independent living facility for young people and families in distress.
Another young woman and her child also live at the home, but weren’t there when the fire started.
Neighbors say they didn’t get to know many of the young women who lived there, but regardless, say the fire is a tragedy.
“She was in there because she probably didn’t have anywhere else to go and then to die in there is even worse,” said Don Higgs, a neighbor.
Both the cause of death and cause of fire are still under investigation.
Youth and Shelter Services, which owns the transitional home says it’s working to find the other occupant and her child a new place to live.
Donations are being accepted to replace clothing and other belongings.
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