NORTH ROYALTON, Ohio — The elderly woman killed in a North Royalton house fire earlier in the week has been positively identified, Fox 8 News reports.
The Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner’s Office used DNA to determine that the victim was Eloise L. Evans, 80, of North Royalton. The cause of death was listed as smoke inhalation.
Investigators are still trying to determine what caused the deadly blaze.
It occurred at approximately 10 p.m. Monday inside a single-family home at 5290 Royalwood Road. Witnesses say it was fully involved by the time help arrived.
Fire crews were able to successfully rescue an adult male believed to be the victim’s son. He was transported to a local hospital, where he was treated for smoke inhalation.
Division of State Fire Marshal Public Information Officer Shane Cartmill tells Fox 8 News that the fire originated in an addition to the family room at the rear of the home.
“Flames (were) coming out of the back of the house,” neighbor Michelle Hace told Fox 8 News. “I saw them take a chainsaw and chainsaw the roof. More flames were coming out. I saw them take (somebody) out.”
Cartmill says that a smoke alarm was discovered at the residence, but it did not appear to be in working condition.
“The fire did start in the back of the house, so there could’ve been a delay — nobody seeing the fire initially at this time of night,” North Royalton Fire Chief Robert Chegan explained.
Crews from Parma and Broadview Heights assisted North Royalton firefighters at the scene. The ongoing investigation is being conducted by the State Fire Marshal, the NRFD, the North Royalton Police Department and the Medical Examiner’s Office.
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(FOX8.com staff writer Darren Sweeney contributed to this report.)