Police ID woman who died after falling into fire pit

SOUTH KINGSTOWN, R.I. (WPRI) — A woman who reportedly died after falling into a lit fire pit has been identified by the state medical examiner, police said Monday.

According to police, 63-year-old Carol Reed was pronounced dead at the scene after she appeared to have fallen into a fire pit at about 1 p.m. Sunday.

A neighbor said Reed had lived at her home on Glen Rock Road for decades.

The situation is still under investigation, but police said Reed may have suffered a medical emergency before falling into the pit. She was burning leaves and brush at the time of her death, according to police.

“At this point in time we don’t believe there’s anything suspicious here, but we are going to continue our investigation and interviewing family members,” said South Kingstown Police Capt. Joel Ewing-Chow. “I can confirm that she was not in the fire for a long period of time but she was pronounced deceased on the scene by rescue.”

A neighbor told Eyewitness News he heard screaming, and said the victim’s son pulled his mother from the pit. People tried to perform CPR, according to the neighbor, but the woman was pronounced dead at the scene.

“It’s just strange because on this road it’s just homes, and it’s a quiet country road so you wouldn’t think about this kind of stuff happening here,” said neighbor Abbey Greene.

An official cause of death has not been released.

This incident comes just a few months after a man — identified as Paul Gignac — was found burned in a fire pit in Woonsocket. A spokesperson for the medical examiner’s officer told Eyewitness News that Gignac’s death was not caused by the fire.

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