BLAKELY, LACKAWANNA COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) — A woman is dead and dozens are displaced after an early morning fire at a senior-high rise in Lackawanna County.

“We were woken up at ten after 12. We were told we had to evacuate, there was a fire in the building,” said Blakely High Rise resident, Barbara Clementson.

Clementson is one of the more than sixty residents who had to be evacuated from the Blakely High Rise building on Railroad Avenue overnight Tuesday after a fire broke out inside the building.

Some of the tenants in wheelchairs were taken to a nearby church for shelter.

“The borough manager gave me a call and says ‘Alan, we got a problem there’s a fire over at the high rise. We got all these people outside, I was wondering if we could use the church or something to house them temporarily until we get them settled,” said Alan Angelina, who is a maintenance worker for the Scared Heart of Jesus Parish.

Angelina says the church staff gave the residents food and water as volunteers with the red cross stepped in to help.

The Lackawanna County coroner confirms 72-year-old Patricia Cox was killed in the fire building tenants mourning her passing.

“It is very scary. Especially when you’re living there 12 years and you know this woman for 12 years. She was a wonderful person…some things happen. God must’ve needed another angel,” said Clementson.

An investigation is underway into the cause of the deadly fire.

Many of the residents were picked up by their families or taken by bus with the Red Cross to a temporary housing facility around 9:00 a.m.

Blakely police and a State Police Fire Marshal are handling the investigation into what led to the fire.