Southeast Missouri woman dies in house fire

Tuesday, September 14, 2010 | 12:30 p.m. CDT

SCOPUS — A 74-year-old southeast Missouri woman has died from a fire at the home where she lived with her daughter and son-in-law.

The Southeast Missourian reports that Shirley Durbin died Saturday from smoke inhalation.

The fire broke out late Friday at the home near Scopus in Bollinger County where Durbin lived with her daughter and son-in-law, Donna and Wayne Long.

Firefighters arrived to find the home fully in flames. The cause remains under investigation, but Bollinger County coroner Charles Hutchings believes it started when Durbin was smoking in bed while on oxygen.

The Longs were treated and released at a hospital.


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