Ninety-six-year-old Thelma Taylor was peeling potatoes Saturday evening when fire broke out in the second story of her Minnora residence along State Route 16. She escaped without injury. Neighbors were concerned her son Jim Taylor was trapped on the second floor, but firemen discovered he was at a nearby store.

Taylor house from Route 16

Flames were coming from the windows when the Upper West Fork Volunteer Fire Department arrived shortly after the 5:12 p.m. call. Calhoun EMS went to the scene to medically evaluate Ms. Taylor. The Arnoldsburg VFD dispatched a tanker truck and State Trooper Doug Starcher also responded.

Fire started on second floor

96 year old woman escapes

Fireman battle blaze

Two pumper trucks from the UWVFD and about ten firemen brought the fire under control, although there was heavy smoke and water damage. The Taylor house was next door to the Minnora United Methodist Church, formerly called Prudence Chapel.

While the fire was quickly brought under control, firemen continued to douse the flames for nearly 45 minutes from the roof of the second story.

No immediate cause for the blaze could be determined.

Upper West Fork VFD responds

Fire was stubborn

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