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Victim identified in St. Matthews apartment fire

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LOUISVILLE, KY. (WDRB) -- The coroners office has now released the name of the woman who was killed in an apartment fire on Friday afternoon.

Officials say 46-year-old Elizabeth Gipson died of smoke inhalation at a St. Matthews apartment complex.

Fire crews responded to 425 South Hubbards Lane in building 8 of Cypress Pointe Apartments.

"It's kinda shocking. Like something you'd see in a movie. Not something across the street from your home," says Rhonda Powell, who lives in an apartment nearby.

Another neighbor, Matt Lyons, lives above the apartment that caught fire.

He smelled the smoke when he arrived home, and saw the proof once he got into his apartment.

"Went in and there was a little bit of smoke in my apartment. Went ahead and went to the clubhouse to get the maintenance guys and they saw there was burn marks in the apartment below," says Matt Lyons.

That's when they opened it, and discovered the heavy smoke.

"They were saying that they were trying to track down that smell this afternoon but couldn't ever find it," says Matt Lyons.

Fire crews quickly arrived to Cypress Pointe apartments, where they discovered heavy damage inside the apartment, and a woman's body in the front room.

"We then went in to put the fire out, but there was no fire because the apartment was very tight and even though there was considerable amount of fire, the fire had consumed the oxygen and you have to have oxygen to support combustion, so the fire put itself out," says Rick Tonini with St. Matthews Fire.

While the woman's death and the fire has neighbors shaken up, they're thankful it didn't spread to other apartments.

"Cause there's so many other people. It could have been a lot worse", says Rhonda Powell.

Arson investigators are working to determine what caused the fire, but they do say it appears the fire started in front of the couch and spread to the couch.

They also tell WDRB they don't believe the fire is suspicious.

The hope to announce a cause to the fire sometime next week.

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