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House catches fire, Opal woman dies on Memorial Day

Monday, May. 26 | By Julie Taylor
Photo credit Remington Volunteer Fire and Rescue Department
Amy Jo Walsh, 65, passed away in the early hours of Memorial Day, as her home blazed with fire.

The fire started before 8 a.m. in the 7900 block of Cooks Court in Opal, according to a statement released by the Fauquier County Sheriff's Office.

Deputies with the Fauquier County Sheriff's Office found the home heavily involved in fire and discovered a woman in the back yard receiving CPR from neighbors. Walsh was pronounced dead at the scene.

The heroic efforts of Jones’ neighbors are to be commended during this tragedy. After observing smoke and fire and determining Jones was still inside the home, neighbors put their own personal safety at risk to enter the home and remove Jones to safety in the yard.

They performed CPR and other life saving techniques and were assisted by the first arriving deputies until relieved by fire and EMS.

Unfortunately, despite these efforts Ms. Jones died at the scene. Also lost were two family pets.

An autopsy will be conducted Tuesday morning at the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Manassas, VA to determine the cause of death.

Sheriff’s office fire investigators are working to determine the cause and origin of the fire. However, nothing appears suspicious.

Jones lived with her father, who was home at the time, and is currently under care of the American Red Cross.

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