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Woman identified in fatal Fall River fire

Relatives said a woman who was removed from a Fall River home that was hit by fire before dawn Friday morning died at a hospital.

The victim has been identified as 50-year old, Christine Lomas.

Lomas was found unconscious by firefighters in the kitchen on the third story.

Fire officials at the scene said the woman was found unresponsive on the third floor of the house at Globe and Chapin streets.

"Reports of an appliance fire smoldering ... and a victim located that hadn't come out of the house," Fire Chief Jeffrey Bacon said.

"I know she was in pretty bad shape when we got her out," Bacon said.

The woman was taken to Saint Anne's Hospital, where she died.

Although there weren't a lot of flames, firefighters said they had zero visibility in the third-floor attic space when they entered the single-family home.

The heavy smoke damaged the inside from reports of large amounts of plastic throughout the home.

"It's a serious fire," Bacon said.

Massachusetts State Police said the case will be handed to the Bristol County District Attorney's Office.

Investigators say the fire was caused by a space heater and an overloaded extension cord.


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