Woman found dead in Lebanon, Mo. house fire

LEBANON, Mo. -- A woman was found dead in her home on Sunday after an early morning house fire.

Lebanon Fire Chief Sam Schneider said they got the call at about 6:23 a.m. from a neighbor who saw smoke coming from the house. When fire crews arrived, neighbors told them someone may be inside.

That's when search efforts began, and they found the older woman who lived there, dead inside the house. She was the only person inside.

KY3 talked to a neighbor next door who says the woman had lived there for many years.

"I woke up to the fire rigs leaving," said nextdoor neighbor, Lisa Lester. "I didn't hear sirens, I didn't hear any commotion at all. Our bedroom window isn't far from her house, so I was really surprised at the intensity from what it looked like."

We have no word on what sparked the fire, but investigators say it does not look suspicious.

For people who are older and live alone, are at risk of falling, are confined to a wheelchair, or have severely limited mobility, you can call your local fire department and tell them so they can make a note that will alert them if there's ever an emergency at your house.