Joplin Woman Dies when Oxygen Device Catches Fire
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.