GEORGIA, Vt. (AP) - An 86-year-old woman was found alone without heat in her home in the town of Georgia Monday by Vermont State Police troopers when the outside temperature was in the low teens, police said.
Police went to the address just before noon after dispatchers received a 911 hang-up call.
"The woman was located in the living room, and was dressed in heavy winter attire. Troopers observed that the home was frigid, and the resident was trying to find blankets to keep her and her small K9 companion warm," a police news release said.
Troopers determined the woman's oil tank was empty. They then retrieved fuel pellets from the woman's garage and started a fire.
Meanwhile, police called the Joyal Fuel Company of Fairfax, which put 100 gallons of oil in the woman's tank even though she did not have an account with them.
Police did not release the woman's name. She was not hurt, but police are reminding Vermonters to check on neighbors, friends and relatives to make sure they have everything they need during weather extremes.
Police contacted other state agencies to ensure the Georgia woman's needs are met.