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Gene Kennedy Reporting An elderly woman loses her life after flames consume her mobile home.
Neighbors say they heard an explosion. When firefighters arrived at 1100 West 4500 South around 11:30 last night, they had their hands full.
The mobile home had turned into a big ball of fire. A portion of the structure collapsed. Firefighters evacuated neighbors, and kept the fire from spreading to nearby homes. Unfortunately, the elderly woman who lives here died.
Battalion Chief Ron Palmer, Unified Fire Authority: "The woman was reported to be using oxygen. We have found several oxygen canisters in the back bedroom area."
It was determined that the woman was smoking in bed leading up to the explosion of her oxygen canister. That's what caused the fire.
Usually bottled gases are safe if people take the proper precautions. Make sure you don't smoke or burn candles around bottled oxygen. That is simply a tip from firefighters. In this case, we don't know what caused the oxygen canister to explode.