The house fire in
which a Chestnut Hills resident died on Thanksgiving Eve was accidental and
electrical in origin, the Chesterton Fire Department is reporting.
Lt. Brandon Smith,
who headed the CFD’s investigation of the Nov. 25 blaze, told the
Chesterton Tribune on Tuesday that the fire began in the wall of the
upstair bathroom in Shirley Ann Walton’s home in the 800 block of Chestnut
Walton, 63, was
found deceased on the floor near that bathroom.
Smith said that the
fire was ignited by some electrical malfunction in the wall but was unable
to be more specific than that, given the damage caused by the blaze.
essentially destroyed the home, with both the house’s roof and the attached
garage’s roof collapsing.