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Woman dies in South Side fire; smoke detector was sitting in drawer

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Updated: December 14, 2012 9:16AM

After a 28-year-old woman died of smoke inhalation in fire Friday morning, fire officials said they found a smoke detector still in its packaging in a kitchen drawer.

The fire occurred in a one-and-a-half story home about 6:40 a.m. in the 5600 block of South Paulina, according to Fire Media Affairs Director Larry Langford.

The victim, a 28-year-old woman who apparently lived alone in the home, had drawn a bath and was found in the kitchen by firefighters, Langford said. Also in the kitchen, in a drawer, was a smoke detector, with no batteries, still in its original packaging, Langford said.

The woman apparently died of severe smoke inhalation, Langford said.

No one else was in the home with her and no other injuries were reported.

The cause and origin of the fire remained under investigation as of about 9 a.m.

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