UPDATE: Superior Fire Victim was Retired Music Teacher

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

UPDATE: 3/26 at 10:04 a.m.

SUPERIOR, Wis. (AP) -- Relatives say the victim of a house fire in Superior was a retired music teacher.

Jean Sweeney retired from teaching at Superior High School in the mid-1990s. Her cousin, Dennis Arras, says Sweeney was talented, loving and kind.

The fire at Sweeney's home was reported just after 11 a.m. Monday. Fire officials say the flames and heat stopped efforts to search the home.

Arras says he was contacted by many of Sweeney's former students when he posted her death on Facebook. Katie Bates says Sweeney was one of her favorite teachers in high school. Bates says Sweeney was able to share her appreciation of music with students at their level.

The Duluth News Tribune says Sweeney was the hand-bell choir director at Pilgrim Lutheran Church, where she was a member.

ORIGINAL STORY: 3/25 at 3:24 p.m.

SUPERIOR, Wis. (AP) -- Crews have pulled a body from the charred ruins of a house fire in Superior.

The fire was reported just after 11 a.m. Monday. The Superior Fire Department says flames were coming out of the house when firefighters arrived, and fire and heat repeatedly thwarted efforts to search the home and attack the fire from the interior.

The body was removed from the fire debris in mid-afternoon.
The woman who lives in the home, whose car is parked in the driveway, is missing. A family member tells WDIO-TV the missing woman is a 78-year-old retired teacher.

Battalion Chief Vern Johnson says the fire apparently had been burning unnoticed for some time before it was reported.

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