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Fire destroys two Albany homes, elderly woman killed

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By Cade Fowler - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - A woman in her nineties was killed early Tuesday when the boarding home she was living in caught fire.

Massive flames shot from the roof of the two story home at 309 West Residence Avenue. Albany Fire fighters were called out to the fire, the second of the morning, around 1:16 a.m.

"It was really smoky in the area. We had trouble really finding the house, the exact location, because of the smoke. Once we found that we saw flames coming out, they did an initial attack and search and rescue," said Battalion Chief Arthur Dyer, Albany Fire Department.

Firefighters entered the burning building and rescued the woman from a first floor bedroom. Officials say she sustained burns to nearly 80% of her body.

"I'm pretty sure she had some burns because of the excess heat that was in the house. Because it was real hot when we walked in the door," said Dyer.

While firefighters battled the blaze on West Residence, separate crews remained on the scene of a fire at a vacant home less than a mile away in the 500 block West Tift Avenue  That fire was called in just before 12:30 Tuesday. No one was inside.

Dyer said, "We have no idea what caused it, but we have it under investigation to try and find out what's going on."

The victim's name has not been released. Fire investigators are looking into what caused both fires. Fire officials wouldn't say if they believed vagrants may have been living inside the vacant home on West Tift Avenue.