Townhouse fire that killed woman ruled accidental

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A deadly townhouse fire in Scottsdale was ruled accidental. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5) A deadly townhouse fire in Scottsdale was ruled accidental. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)
The victim was identified as 80-year-old Darla Johnson. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5) The victim was identified as 80-year-old Darla Johnson. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)
SCOTTSDALE, AZ (3TV/CBS 5) -

The Scottsdale Fire Department released the investigation results on Monday of a fire that ripped through a townhouse during the weekend and killed a woman and her dog.

The investigator ruled that the fire on Sunday morning near 78th Street and Meadowbrook Avenue was accidental so there were no signs of foul play.

[ORIGINAL STORY: Elderly woman, dog die in Scottsdale townhouse fire]

While the cause hasn't been determined, there was an electric lamp near where the fire started in the Arizona Room in the back, the department said.

The flames moved into the home and then up the stairs. The woman tried to escape but was found on the ground floor near the stairs, the investigator said.

She was taken to the hospital where she later died.

She has been identified as 80-year-old Darla Johnson.

Firefighters found that poodle dead in the bedroom on the second floor.

Firefighters said there was a smoke alarm upstairs, but it's unknown if it was working.

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