Sylvan Springs woman dies in afternoon house fire

SYLVAN SPRINGS, Ala. -- A house fire Thursday afternoon claimed the life of a Sylvan Springs woman, ABC 33/40 has learned.

Around 3 p.m., Minor and Sylvan Springs firefighters responded to a fire in the 400 block of Rock Creek Road and upon their arrival, they learned that a woman was trapped inside. After extinguishing the flames, the victim was found deceased.

A relative at the scene identified the woman as 54-year-old Sandra Benefield.

The cause of the fire is unknown at this time as an investigation remains ongoing.