ONTARIO, ORE. — Sally Ann Hardy, 66, was unconscious when firefighters found her inside the home in the 400 block of Southeast Fifth Ave., according to a report from the Ontario Police Department. She died at the scene.
Neighbors reported seeing flames and smoke coming from the residents at 3:43 p.m. Firefighters arrived five minutes later and entered the home following an initial attack on the fire, police said.
Hardy lived in the residence with her adult daughter, who was not home at the time. An adult cat and several kittens also died in the blaze.
The home was destroyed. No other homes were threatened. The police department and the Malheur County medical examiner are conducting an investigation into Hardy's death. The Ontario Fire Department and the Oregon State Fire Marshal's office are looking into the cause of the fire.
The home did not have a working smoke detector. Authorities reminded residents about the importance of having a smoke detector to give people adequate warning to get outside safely during a fire.