Jackson County woman dies in house fire

COTTAGEVILLE – Authorities Wednesday afternoon released the name of the woman who died in a fire early that morning.

Kimberly Moore, 50, died in the fire ruled accidental, said Assistant State Fire Marshal Jason Baltic, the lead investigator of the fire. The fire appears to have started in the kitchen, he said.

“It appears to be a cooking-related fire,” he said.

The fire occurred around 5:15 a.m. Wednesday in a single-wide mobile home at 79 Aster Drive. Numerous departments responded to the fire.

Moore was alone when the fire started, Baltic said. She apparently was cooking something, but it not known what she was cooking, he said.

The body has been sent to the medical examiner in Charleston for an autopsy, Baltic said.

Cottageville is located about five miles west of Ripley. The mobile home is near Route 62.

About half of the mobile home was destroyed by the fire, Baltic said. Quickly responding fire departments stopped the fire before it got to the other half.

Agencies responding were the Cottageville and Ripley volunteer fire departments, Jackson County Emergency Services and the Jackson County Sheriff’s Department.