UPDATED STORY 9/12/2017 @ 4:30 p.m.

A fatal fire in Wyoming County leaves a 67-year-old woman dead inside of her home. 59 News spoke family members of that woman on what kind of person she was.

“She’s really the only parent I’ve ever had,” Heather Keck said.

Choking back tears Heather Keck said her mother, Linda Oliver was a loving woman who many describe as selfless, a person willing to do anything for anyone. “She was our safe haven,” Keck said. That safe heaven was taken from her family too soon.

Linda’s house on Key Rock Road ignited in flames Monday night (9/11). Unfortunately, Linda never made it out.

“She gave her whole life for her family, she would sacrifice everything for us,” Keck added. That love was unconditional for her grandchildren like Lanie Bryan. “She did anything and everything for anybody,” Bryan said.

Family members describe Linda as a woman with a heart of gold. “Automatic love, anything, anytime anywhere, anyhow, if she didn’t have it she’d get it for you,” Keck said.

Linda’s sister who lives right next door told 59 News she was too emotional to go on camera, but she saw the smoke and said it was so thick, you couldn’t cut it with a knife through it.

Now everyone’s wondering, what caused the blaze that took their beloved mother away from them? Investigators with the West Virginia State Fire Marshal said that is still unknown, but they are looking into what exactly happened.

“Her last breath on this earth was her first breath in heaven,” Bryan said. As she looking down on her family, they say she’s in a better place now. “The thought of heaven seems so much sweeter and I can’t wait to see her again,” Keck said.

Linda’s body is at the West Virginia State Medical Examiner’s office for an autopsy as a part of the investigation.

Be sure to stick with 59 News both on air and online as we will continue to update you with a cause once the fire marshal releases that information. 

UPDATED STORY 9/12/2017 @ 9:12 a.m.

WYOMING COUNTY, W. Va. — Officials will be back out on the scene of a fatal fire Tuesday.

A State Fire Marshall tells 59News the fatal fire happened at a home on Key Rock Road near Pineville Monday, September 11.

Officials confirm a 67-year-old woman died in the fire. Her name is not being released at this hour. They said the victim was home alone when the fire started. She has been transported to the state medical examiner’s office for an autopsy.

A Fire Marshal said arson has been ruled out but the cause of the fire is still unknown.

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The West Virginia State Fire Marshal is investigating a fatal fire that happened in Wyoming County on Monday, September 11. Emergency dispatchers said crews were called to a home on Key Rock Road near Pineville at around 2:00 p.m.

An official with the State Fire Marshal’s Office confirmed that one person died in the house fire. The identity of the victim has not yet been released. Investigators with the State Fire Marshal were still on the scene as of 8:15 p.m. 

Crews from Pineville Fire Department and Oceana Fire Department initially responded to the call. We will continue to follow this story on the air and online as more details become available.