Neighbors called heroes after trying to save woman from Fauquier County house fire

WARRENTON, Va. (WJLA) - One person is dead after a fatal fire at a home in Fauquier County, Va. Monday morning.

Fire officials said they responded to a call for a house fire just after 8 a.m. Monday, in the 8000 block of Cooks Court, in the Opal area.

Officials told ABC7 that two elderly people - a man and his daughter - were in the home at the time of the fire. Officials confirmed the woman has died, but the man was able to escape.

Fire officials said when they arrived at the home at 8:14 a.m., they found the home "heavily involved in fire," and saw neighbors giving a woman CPR in the backyard.

Unfortunately, despite heroic efforts to save the woman - identified as 65-year-old Amy Jo Walsh Jones, she died.

"The heroic efforts of Ms. Jones' neighbors are to be commended during this tragedy," Fauquier County fire officials said in a statement Monday afternoon. "After observing smoke and fire and determining Jones was still inside the residence, neighbors put their own personal safety at risk to enter the home and remove Jones to safety in the yard. The neighbors performed CPR and other life saving measures and were assisted by the first arriving deputies until relieved by fire and EMS."

Two family pets also died in the fire.

Fire officials said the fire most likely started at the front of the home, and took firefighters about 15 minutes to put out.

Officials said the sheriff's department continues to investigate the cause of the fire, but that preliminary findings indicate nothing suspicious.

They also said the body of Jones will be taken to the medical examiner's office in Manassas for an autopsy.

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