Joplin Woman Dies when Oxygen Device Catches Fire

3 years 2 weeks 4 days ago May 10, 2013 May 10, 2013 Friday, May 10 2013 Friday, May 10, 2013 2:22:14 PM CDT in News
By: Associated Press

JOPLIN - Authorities in Joplin say a 75-year-old woman was killed when her oxygen device caught fire while she was smoking.

The Joplin Globe reports firefighters responded shortly after 11 p.m. Thursday to a report of a fire at a duplex.

Fire Chief Mitch Randles says Delores Anderson was found in a garage and pronounced dead at the scene.

Randles said Anderson had been smoking while wearing a nasal device that provided oxygen from a tank. He said the device ignited, causing a flash fire that burned the victim's clothing, her glider-rocker and a wall of the garage.

 

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