One woman dead following Columbus apartment fire

(Photo Provided/Columbus Fire Department)

COLUMBUS, Ind. (WISH) — One person is dead following a fatal fire in Columbus Monday afternoon.

It happened just after 2:45 p.m when officials responded to the fire at 3540 Nicholas Lane.

Officials were alerted that someone with limited mobility may have been trapped in the fire.

After arriving, authorities found a woman in the hallway of the structure following a search.

The victim was later identified as 59-year-old Deborah Volland.

EMS personnel from Columbus Regional Hospital attempted to revive Volland using life saving efforts. The efforts were ultimately unsuccessful.

The fire was determined to be caused by a bed in the apartment catching fire after smoking materials were inappropriately discarded or by someone falling asleep while smoking in the bed.

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