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Woman killed in fire near Utica known for helping others

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- A 60-year-old woman was killed in a fire near Utica, Indiana, early this morning.

The call came in around 6 o'clock this morning about a fire at a mobile home on at 1013 Utica Charlestown Road near Utica, Ind. When firefighters arrived, the home was fully engulfed in flames.

"There was fire and immense heat blowing out all the windows and doors of the trailer," said Utica Township Fire Chief Jamey Noel.

Howard's sister, Patresea Timbs, first heard the news from a neighbor who "let us know the trailer was on fire, and they thought Angela was still in it."

Howard was inside -- and she didn't make it out. She died in the fire, but Timms says her sister lived to serve others.

"She was a wonderful lady," Timbs said. "She had a special gift, she cared for the elderly."

Although a cause hasn't been determined, it's possible that a space heater may be to blame, and Chief Noel says it's important to remember safety during the cold months.

"Especially as it's getting cold, I want to remind people to please use and exercise caution, especially when it comes to space heaters," Noel said.

Howard's family tells us she had nine cats. Some were able to escape, but others perished in the fire.

Howard's sister has set up a fund to help pay for her funeral expenses. You can make a contribution at any PNC Bank in Clarksville.

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