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House fire in Sonoma County kills woman

March 11, 2012 |  1:13 pm

A house fire in Sonoma County early Sunday morning has killed an elderly woman, fire officials said.

The fire was reported just before 12:30 a.m. in the town of Windsor. When firefighters arrived, half of the single-story home was engulfed in flames, said Battalion Chief Joe Giordani. Firefighters put out the blaze in about 30 minutes, he said.

The woman, who was in her 70s, was found just inside the front door. She likely died of smoke inhalation, Giordani said. He added that she was an "early-stage hoarder."

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