Flames broke out this morning at the Shirley Futch Plaza on South Kistler Street in East Stroudsburg inside one of the senior apartments.
Maintenance personnel actually knocked the fire down but the woman inside was already dead. There's no word yet whether the resident died before or after the fire started.
First responders were called to a fire with entrapment around 9am. According to the East Stroudsburg Fire Chief, flames started in a first floor apartment but didn't spread past a bedroom. They were knocked down by two maintenance workers using fire extinguishers. The Monroe County Coroner confirms one woman was found dead. A forensic autopsy will be performed tomorrow and her identity will not be released until that time.
The around 200 residents didn't have to leave the building but were moved to another area because of the smoke.
Ginger Harrison, a home health nurse, was at the housing complex at the time and knew the woman who died. She tells us she was very well liked by the residents and it's sad how she died.
A fire marshal was on scene today and the cause of the fire remains under investigation.