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Fort Worth House Fire Kills Elderly Woman

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FORT WORTH (CBSDFW.COM) - An elderly woman died in a house fire early Wednesday morning. The flames started just after 1:00 a.m. at a home in the 700 block of Robert Street, just south of downtown Fort Worth. Someone passing by spotted smoke coming from the area and called for help.

The fire was primarily in the back of the house, destroying a porch area. But rescue crews found 75-year-old Maritta Brown resting on a couch at the front of the home. She was unresponsive at the time. Firefighters pulled her from the structure and started administering CPR before rushing her to JPS Hospital. Brown was pronounced dead in the emergency room due to second-degree burns.

Brown’s dog also died in the fire. Nobody else was injured.

Firefighters were able to extinguish the blaze relatively quickly. The cause of the fire is not known, but officials said that at least one smoke detector was sounding when crews arrived on the scene.

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