2:34 PM EDT, August 29, 2012
DOWAGIAC – The name of a Dowagiac woman killed late Tuesday night in a house fire has been released.
Investigators say 71-year-old Lola Dodson was alone when the blaze struck her home in the 100 block of Hendryx St. around 11 p.m.
Firefighters were able to pull Dodson out just moments after the fire started, but she died from smoke inhalation injuries at Borgess Lee Memorial Hospital.
Authorities say Dodson was able to call for help through a medical alert monitoring service, which reported the fire to Cass County Central Dispatch.
The investigation found the fire was accidental, started in a kitchen trash container and may have been caused by discarded smoking materials.
Firefighters found heavy smoke coming from the home when they arrived on the scene.
Investigators say no working smoke detectors were found in the home.
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