Woman dies in house fire

Published 8:33 am Thursday, March 3, 2016

A Davie woman died in a house fire on Saturday night.

Karen Ward, 58, likely died from smoke inhalation after a fire in her Chinquapin Road home, said Davie Fire Marshal Jerry Myers.

Two litters of Australian Shepherd puppies, which she raised, as well as dogs being kept for friends, also died.

Myers said a passer-by reported the fire just after midnight. Flames were coming out of the back of the home. A nearby surveillance camera saw no fire at midnight, but flames coming out of a window at 12:05.

The fire started in a bedroom, and no foul play is expected, Myers said. The body was found in the kitchen area.

The older wooden home was destroyed, he said. Investigators couldn’t determine a specific cause of the fire.

In Davie County but in the Courtney fire district, firefighters from William R. Davie, Yadkinville, Lone Hickory and Farmington assisted.

Ward operated OnTheHill, a farm that not only bred prize winning Australian Shepherds, but horses, as well.