Poplar Bluff woman dies in fire

Monday, July 7, 2008

POPLAR BLUFF, Mo. (AP) -- An investigation continues into the fire death of a southeast Missouri woman, but authorities believe a cigarette is to blame.

Sixty-year-old Brenda Petersen of Poplar Bluff died Thursday. Authorities say a couch caught fire. Butler County Deputy Coroner Jim Akers says Petersen suffered third-degree burns over her entire body and suffered smoke inhalation.

The fire was contained to the couch. Authorities believe Petersen tried to fight the fire herself -- a plastic bucket was found near her.

Petersen lived alone in the residence.

Information from: Daily American Republic, http://www.darnews.com

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