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Mathews woman dies following house fire

A Mathews woman died in her home on Buckley Hall Road early Friday morning after calling 911 to report that her kitchen was on fire.

Jeannie H. Tatterson, 68, was pronounced dead at the scene and was taken to the medical examiner’s office in Richmond to determine the cause of death, according to a press release from the Mathews County Sheriff’s Office.

Mathews Fire Chief Todd Wilson said that the call came in at 1 a.m. and that the dispatcher instructed the caller to get out of the house. The fire department was on the scene at 1:04 a.m. and found heavy fire at the rear of the structure.

When fire personnel saw that there was a vehicle in the driveway, that the homeowner was not outside, and that neighbors had not seen anyone leave the structure, he said, firefighters entered the dwelling and found Tatterson unconscious in an interior room. With the house still ablaze, they carried her outside and immediately began CPR, continuing until the rescue squad arrived.


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