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Woman who died in Bedford house fire identified

Hoarding conditions made it difficult to fight fire, officials say

BEDFORD, Va.UPDATE (March 6 12:13 p.m.)

Authorities have released the name of the woman who died in a house fire Monday morning.

Bonnie Robertson died in the fire officials believe was started by an electrical problem.

Her husband, Robert, was sent to the hospital for treatment of minor injuries and has since been released. 

UPDATE

Investigators have determined the cause of a Moneta house fire that killed a woman yesterday and sent her husband to the hospital. 

Authorities say the fire was accidentally caused by electrical wiring in the front porch, which then spread to the rest of the home. Strong winds may have also been a factor.  

It took over an hour for them to extinguish the fire because of hoarding conditions, according to officials at the scene. 

Authorities have not identified the woman who died. Her husband was taken to Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital for smoke inhalation. 


UPDATE

A woman has died and a man was sent to the hospital after their Bedford home caught fire. 

There was already heavy fire when firefighters arrived. The man who lived there told firefighters that his wife was trapped in the kitchen, which was toward the back of the house. Firefighters tried to search for her but were ultimately forced out by intense heat and fire.

It took over an hour for them to extinguish the fire because of hoarding conditions, according to officials at the scene. 

Authorities have not identified the woman who died. Her husband was taken to Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital for smoke inhalation. 

The Bedford County Fire Marshal has not yet determined what caused the fire. 

Neighbors say the couple had lived in the home for over 20 years. 

ORIGINAL STORY 

Crews are responding to a house fire in Bedford Monday morning. 

The call came in around 6:30 a.m. for a fire at a home in the 2400 block of Dickerson Mill Road, which is near the Post Hollow Road intersection.

Dickerson Mill Road is partially blocked. 

A neighbor tells 10 News that the couple who lived there have been in the neighborhood for over 20 years. 

This is a developing story. 10 News has a crew at the scene learning more.