Family: Elderly woman killed in Maple Heights house fire

MAPLE HEIGHTS-An elderly woman has died after being pulled from a house fire in Maple Heights.

The fire broke out  in the kitchen at a home on James Avenue before 6 a.m. Thursday.

Valerie Lingro was inside the home with her grandmother when the fire broke out. Valerie said, "I got up this morning, I smelled smoke it was about 5:30 and when I came out of the bedroom everything was full of smoke. I couldn't get upstairs to get my grandmother. When I came out into the living room, it wasn't that smoky until I went into the house and I saw flames coming on the side by the kitchen side door."

Valerie was able to make it out safely, but firefighters had to rescue her grandmother  from the second floor.

Sadly, the 100-year-old woman passed away at the hospital. Family members tell FOX 8, she would have been 101 in March. Officials have not released her name at this time.

Valerie's 1-year-old Boxer, Max, took off during the fire. He has not been located yet. The family's other dog is safe.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

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