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the occupant on the floor of a hallway.
Crews initially reported signs of life,
but medical personnel confirmed that
the occupant was deceased after the
body was moved outside. Crews then
made their way down a stairwell to the
basement and reported high temperatures but could find no signs of fire.
Clutter in the basement was reported
as reaching three-quarters of the way
up the wall, with a narrow path for
access. Following extinguishment of
fire in the basement, crews performed
a secondary search of the first floor and
found no additional occupants.
Investigators determined that the
fire began in a basement bedroom at
the rear of the residence. The blaze
appeared to start high and burn down
the fuel load. Investigators were unable
to determined the cause of ignition.
They indicated that there was no
automatic detection equipment in the
residence.
The house was a single-story wood
structure with a ground floor area of
900 square feet (84 square meters).
The house and contents, which
together were valued at $97,500, were a
total loss.

CONNECTICUT
Smoking materials blamed for house
fire that kills elderly woman
An elderly woman with a mobility disability died in a late-night house fire
that investigators say was ignited by
discarded smoking materials.
Firefighters were dispatched to
the residence by a phone call from a
passerby shortly before 10 p.m. Crews
reported fire showing from a large picture window at the front of the house,
with multiple police officers already at
the scene.
Crews learned that police units had
kicked in a kitchen door at the rear of
the residence and found the victim on
the floor, unresponsive. Officers had
removed the victim and begun resuscitation efforts, and fire department
medical personnel provided additional
assistance.
The victim was transported to a local
hospital and later succumbed to her
injuries.
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