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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
The identity of the 81-year-old woman who died in a house fire late Wednesday is still being verified, but it's believed she was the sole occupant of the home. Firefighters were called to the home on the 2500 block of North Boonville around 10:40 p.m. Wednesday. The occupant was immobile and restricted to a bed in the living room which may have impeded her ability to escape from the home. The fire cause is undetermined at this time pending an autopsy, but it does appear to be accidental in cause.
The total damage to the home was $40,000. There were no working smoke alarms and no residential sprinkler system in the home.
This is the fourth fire fatality in Springfield this year. The city averages just over 3 fire fatalities per year and its fire death rate is more than double that of the national average. To prevent fire fatalities, all families should have a fire escape plan and working smoke alarms.
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For more information call the Springfield Fire Department media line at 417-874-2301.