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Woman dies in South Toledo fire

Keith Perry Keith Perry
All that's left of what was in the house is outside, in the driveway. All that's left of what was in the house is outside, in the driveway.

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TOLEDO, OH (WTOL) - One person has been killed in a fire Saturday night in South Toledo.

The Toledo Fire Department responded at 10:12 p.m. Saturday to a fire at 2963 Rocksberry Avenue.

56-year-old Betty Leonharat was taken to the University of Toledo Medical Center, and pronounced dead. Neighbors say Leonharat was the kind of woman you'd want living next door.

"I told them that there was two people that lived there and they broke the front door down... Real thick black smoke just came billowing out," says Lori Fuller, who lives next door.

"My daughter and I were out here watching and they broke through the roof and that's when the flames started."

A blue tarp now covers the whole in the roof where the fire broke through. All that's left of what was in the house is now outside, in the driveway.

"They heard the snap crackle and the pop in the back of the house."

The cause of the fire is listed as accidential by fire investigators.

56-year-old Betty Leonharat, who died in this fire, lived here with her elderly mother. Leonharat's mother wasn't home at the time of the fire.

Neighbors Keith and Lisa Perry say Leonharat was the kind of person anybody would want as a neighbor.

"All the time stopping and talking to people and out riding her bike and carefree."

"She was a nice person. A little mentally challendged. All the neighbors watched out for her," says Keith Perry.

They say she was an artist and loved painting.


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