Georgia woman dies in basement after fire collapses home

A 66-year-old Jasper woman died after an early morning fire consumed her home Sunday.

State fire investigators say at about 4 a.m. Feb. 9, the Pickens County Fire Department responded to a residential fire located off of Derby Lane in Jasper. After extinguishing the fire, emergency personnel discovered the body of 66-year-old Katheryn Patrice Singer Avery in the basement of the home.

“The 2,000 square-foot, single-story home was nearly destroyed by the blaze. Most of the top floor had collapsed into the basement by the time extinguishment efforts began,” said Insurance and Safety Fire Commissioner John F. King. “Though it cannot be directly linked to starting the fire, careless smoking while in use of oxygen is likely to have played a role in the cause.”

Avery’s body was turned over to the GBI Crime Lab, where an autopsy is set to be performed. Two other individuals were able to escape the home, with one suffering minor injuries and the other escaping unharmed.

Investigators with the Insurance and Safety Fire Commissioner’s Office are assisting Pickens County Fire Department with this investigation.

Avery is the 12th victim to perish in a fire in 2020 in Georgia.

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