One woman is dead following a weekend fire in Richland County.
The Richland County Sheriff’s Department says the fire happened just after 10 p.m. on Saturday, August 24 at a home on County Highway U, near the Village of Viola.
At the scene, authorities found a two-story home engulfed in flames.
Richland Center Fire responded and requested mutual aid. Firefighters found a woman behind the home, and it was determined an explosion happened.
The woman, identified as 63-year-old Bonnie Strothman, was pronounced dead at the scene.
Her husband, 68-year-old Allen Strothman, was taken to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.
Fire crews were on the scene for approximately five hours.
The incident remains under investigation.