Mother dies in East Texas fire, 2 children hurt

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Associated Press

Posted on December 11, 2012 at 3:32 PM

FRUITVALE, Texas (AP) — An East Texas mobile home fire blamed on a space heater has killed a woman and left two of her children and a firefighter hurt.

Van Zandt County authorities say the fire happened early Tuesday in Fruitvale, about 60 miles east of Dallas. Fire Marshal Chuck Allen says items left near a space heater apparently caught fire.

The name of the woman who died wasn't immediately released.

Her 16-year-old son sustained cuts by breaking a window to rescue his 14-year-old sister, who suffered burns and smoke inhalation. He was treated and released from a Dallas hospital. Allen says the girl's injuries are not believed to be life-threatening.

The woman's 20-year-old daughter and an 18-year-old friend escaped unharmed.

A firefighter who was hit by a falling object was treated and released.

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