Salem Woman Dies in House Fire Thursday

Salem Woman Dies in House Fire Thursday

SALEM (WRXX) – A 56-year-old Salem woman was killed in a fire Thursday afternoon in her home.

According to the Marion County Coroner’s Office, Lisa Platz was identified as the victim.

Salem fire officials identified two other occupants of the home, Bryan Weems and Joshua Turner, who got out of the home safely. They said the two tried to get Platz out of the home but mobility issues, combined with smoke and heat from the fire made it difficult for them to move her.

An autopsy is planned for Friday to determine the cause of Platz’s death.

Fire reports say upon arrival, flames were coming from the front and side windows of the front room on the first floor and they were made aware there was a victim still inside the home.

They knocked down the fire and went inside the home where they located Platz and moved her to a safe location, but she was already deceased.

The aerial was then used for an attack on the second floor of the home. Firefighters said it appeared the fire started in the front downstairs room near the couch, but the State Fire Marshal still has the incident under investigation.

The fire call came in at 3:03 Thursday afternoon. Kell and Odin firefighters provided mutual aid on the scene, while Iuka stood by at the Salem Fire Station in the event of another fire.   

Firefighters were on-scene for about two hours.