A house fire in Augusta that started in a
hot plate is blamed for the death of the 82-year-old woman who
lived alone in the dwelling.
Fire officials said Margaret Rivers died Friday of smoke
Rivers’ body was found inside the Porter Street home after a
neighbor who had come home for lunch reported seeing flames coming
out the door.
Firefighters trying to gain access to the home had to push
through piles of furniture, shelving and other household items that
blocked doors and windows.