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Woman dies after being pulled from burning home by off duty firefighter

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Firefighters at the scene of the fire on Sand Hill School Road (Courtesy: Asheville Fire Dept/ Kelly Klope) Firefighters at the scene of the fire on Sand Hill School Road (Courtesy: Asheville Fire Dept/ Kelly Klope)
ASHEVILLE, NC (AP/FOX Carolina) -

A woman has died after being pulled from a fire inside her Asheville home.

A passing off-duty fireman Asheville Fire Department saw heavy smoke and flames coming from a home on Sand Hill School Road on Thursday evening, according to Asheville Fire Department spokeswoman Kelly Klope.

Klope said the firefighter and a neighbor broke through the front door to the home and (name) found the victim, Iva Blankenship, 72, in her living room near the door.

Blankenship was taken to the hospital with severe burns, where she died on Friday, Klope said.

Several dozen firefighters put out the fire Thursday night. Authorities think the fire started in the home's living room, but they haven't determined the cause.

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