Smoking Suspected in Fatal SE Mo. Fire
DEXTER (AP) - A southeast Missouri woman has died in a house fire that investigators believe was caused by smoking.
The Daily Statesman in Dexter reports firefighters found the body of 78-year-old Reta Sue Vanmatre in her home shortly after 9 a.m. Wednesday. No one else was in the house at the time.
Dexter Fire Chief Don Seymore says a cigarette apparently started the fire. Vanmatre is believed to have died of smoke inhalation.
Seymore says the Fire Department was alerted by a bracelet whose user can hit a button to summon emergency help.