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HOUSTON A female homeowner was found dead as firefighters responded to a fire in southeast Houston, officials said late Wednesday.

Daniel Kopfensteiner with the Houston Fire Department said the fire was reported around 8 p.m. at a home on Jean Street near the Gulf Freeway.

Firefighters arrived to find moderate smoke coming from the woman s one-story home. Rescuers went in and found the woman dead in a back bedroom.

The fire was mostly contained to the woman s bedroom.

Investigators believe the woman may have fallen asleep with a lit cigarette or candle in the room, but an official cause for the blaze wasn t immediately determined.

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