Woman found dead in Provo house fire

By Erin Alberty

The Salt Lake Tribune

Published: August 21, 2013 08:56PM
Updated: February 14, 2014 11:32PM
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Fire crews respond to a house fire at 1362 S. 1100 W in Provo, Wednesday, Aug. 21, 2013. The fire is currently under investigation. Courtesy Provo Fire Department

A disabled woman died in a fire Wednesday at a Provo home.

Louise Dennis Maffey, 70, apparently was in the front room in the upstairs of the split level house at 1362 S. 1100 West when the fire broke out in the room, said Provo Fire Capt. Dean York.

A neighbor heard a window break and saw smoke pouring out of an upstairs window about 4:35 p.m., York said. Firefighters arrived to learn that Maffey, who used a wheelchair, lived in the home and had not been seen outside. Firefighters went inside to fight the blaze and found Maffey’s body next to a chair.

Maffey used a wheelchair because her mobility was impaired by a stroke, York said. Her adult son lived with two children in the basement of the house, and Maffey had periodic visits from a home nurse, but she was alone in the house when the fire broke out, York said.

A fire marshal is investigating the cause of the fire, and a medical examiner will investigate the cause of Maffey’s death, York said.