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Woman killed in house fire

Posted: Friday, Jun 21st, 2013

A Florence resident died in a small fire in her home in a multi-unit complex. (courtesy photo)

A 66-year-old Florence woman was found deceased in her home last Saturday, June 15.

Kathleen Rasmussen may have died from smoke inhalation in a smoky, slow-burning fire.

A team from Siuslaw Valley Fire and Rescue discovered the body when they responded to a call around 8:15 p.m. regarding a duplex at 1353 10th St. Firefighters entered the home, which had “large quantities of smoke billowing out of the eaves and vents,” said Fire Marshal Sean Barrett.

The crew extinguished a small fire on the victim’s couch.

Authorities are still investigating, but they are also awaiting final autopsy results. At this point, Florence police say they are fairly sure the death was accidental.

For the complete article see the 06-22-2013 issue.

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