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Woman dies in house fire

May 10, 2004

Valdosta-- The fire started around 10:30 Saturday morning at 507 Mack Drive. Investigators think 83-year-old Ruth Powell may have been asleep on the couch and didn't make it out alive.

They say she was a smoker, but aren't sure exactly what caused the fire.

Stephen Deaton lives next door and tried to rescue Powell. "I knew she was elderly and I was screaming for her and just trying to get a response but the smoke was so think I couldn't see anything or anybody."

"It looks like the fire may have began in a living room area, that's where we found the victim, but its still an ongoing investigation and we're not sure," said Lt. Brian Childress of the Valdosta Police Department.

Powell lived in the home with her daughter, who was at work.

posted at 11:05AM by dave.miller@walb.com

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