One Killed In Benton County House Fire

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BENTON COUNTY (KFSM) -- One person is dead after a house went up in flames on Haven Drive just outside Rogers city limits Wednesday morning (Sept. 13), according to Chief Tom Jenkins with the Rogers Fire Department.

Benton County assistant fire marshal Eric Smith said Betty Morris, 94, was the only person inside the home at the time of the blaze.

"We came outside and the whole house was engulfed in flames," neighbor Roy Hunter said.

When crews arrived on scene, flames were shooting out of the roof. It wasn't until they were able to get the fire under control that firefighters found her body.

Smith said Beaver Lake fire crews were the first on scene, but once they ran out of water on their truck an engine from a different department had to lay a supply line of about 800 feet from a fire hydrant down the road.

"It's very sad and you hate to see that happen," neighbor Janis Hawkins said. "My only hope is that she didn't suffer. That's what I hope more than anything."

As the cause of the fire is under investigation, the Rogers Fire Department wants to remind the public to check their smoke alarms on a regular basis.