71-year-old rescued, 30-year-old dies in 2 fires

By The Associated Press

PASCAGOULA, Miss. (AP) — A 30-year-old Pascagoula woman died in her burning apartment, but a Gulfport-area fire had a happier outcome — firefighters rescued a 71-year-old woman.

Jackson County Coroner Vicki Broadus told The Mississippi Press (http://bit.ly/tgTPW3) the Pascagoula woman died of smoke inhalation. Her name was withheld until her family could be told.

Pascagoula police Sgt. Calvin Hutchins says the fire was reported shortly before midnight Friday

Harrison County Fire Marshal Pat Sullivan tells WLOX-TV (http://bit.ly/rwFt16) the older woman woke early Sunday to find her house ablaze. She was trapped in her bedroom but called 911, and firefighters from Lizana and Gulfport rescued her.

He says that smoke alarms might have let her escape without suffering from smoke inhalation.

Sullivan did not release her name.

Both fires’ causes are being investigated.