Dalton woman dead after house fire Wednesday night on Lily Lake Road


By Elizabeth Baumeister - [email protected]



A charred frame is all that remains of a home on Lily Lake Road in Dalton after a fatal house fire.


Elizabeth Baumeister | Abington Journal

DALTON — Kathryn Potts, 72, died in a fire that ravaged a home on Lily Lake Road late Wednesday into Thursday morning, according to Dalton Police Chief Christopher Tolson.

Tolson said the 9-1-1 call came in at 11:53 p.m. and emergency crews arrived to find the structure fully engulfed in flames.

According to a report from Times Leader news-gathering partner Fox 56, Potts, who died in her apartment in the lower level of the home, was described by Lackawanna County Coroner Timothy Rowland as having “limited mobility.”

The Fox 56 report states another female resident of the house, who was described by a friend as Potts’ longtime partner, was safe with family next door.

The fire is under investigation by the borough police department and State Police fire marshals. As of Thursday evening, Tolson said the cause of the fire had not yet been determined.

An autopsy is scheduled for Friday morning, according to Fox 56.

Crews from the Dalton, Clarks Summit, Factoryville and Chinchilla fire departments responded.

A charred frame is all that remains of a home on Lily Lake Road in Dalton after a fatal house fire.
http://theabingtonjournal.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/web1_ABJ-Dalton-Fire.jpgA charred frame is all that remains of a home on Lily Lake Road in Dalton after a fatal house fire. Elizabeth Baumeister | Abington Journal

By Elizabeth Baumeister

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