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Coroner: Autopsy will determine cause of woman’s death killed in Dothan fire

Houston County Coroner Robert Byrd identified the victim as 79-year-old Kate Baxter.
“This is a tragedy for this family, the neighborhood and our city,” Dothan Fire Chief Larry Williams said.
Published: Apr. 25, 2022 at 7:26 PM CDT
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DOTHAN, Ala. (WTVY) - An autopsy will provide the cause of death of a woman killed during a Dothan house fire.

Houston County Coroner Robert Byrd identified the victim as 79-year-old Kate Baxter, who he said either died from the fire or a fall she took while flames engulfed her.

The fire occurred at a Headland Avenue apartment.

“We will transport Ms. Baxter’s body to the Alabama Department of Forensic Sciences for examination,” he told News 4.

That lab was closed Monday, due to a state holiday.

Byrd hopes testing will be completed in the next day or two.

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