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Woman dies in Sunday fire

AMERICUS, Ga. -- A fire that is believed to have resulted in the death of a 73-year-old woman Sunday morning remains under investigation by state fire officials.

Glenn Allen, a spokesman for the office of Georgia Insurance and Safety Fire Commissioner Ralph Hudgens, said that Vickie Glover, 73, was found dead following a fire at 1248 Highway 27 East in Americus that had been called in at about 8:30 a.m. on Sunday.

The cause of the fire, as well as the circumstances surrounding Glover's death, remained under investigation on Monday, Allen said.

"The body has been sent to the (Georgia Bureau of Investigation) crime lab (in Macon) for an autopsy," Allen said. "Once the autopsy is complete, we will be able to make our final determination.

"It does not appear to be suspicious, but we do want to review the autopsy results."

This is the second fatal fire in Sumter County state fire officials have responded to over the last four months. On Dec. 30, Doris Fields, 68, was killed and her mother, Doris Hooper, 89, was injured in a fire at a single-family dwelling at 608 R.W. Jones Road.

In that case, a dog was also lost in a blaze officials initially believed was started by someone smoking while using an oxygen tank.