• Woman who uses wheelchair dies in Beaver Co. fire

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    ROCHESTER, Pa. - A Beaver County woman died in a house fire late Sunday. 

    The fire began at the home on Case Street in Rochester at around 11 p.m. Police officers were the first to arrive at the scene, but the smoke was too intense for them to go inside.


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    Once firefighters arrived, they found the woman and her pets, which included a dog, two cats and birds. They all had died.

    Authorities told Channel 11’s Jennifer Tomazic that the victim lived alone and used a motorized wheelchair.

    Neighbors identified her as 57-year-old Elizabeth Goodwin.

    "She was a good friend for a long time and she'll be missed," Sherry Craig said. Craig helped to take care of Goodwin.

    Firefighters believed the flames began in the back of the house. A state police fire marshal is investigating.

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