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January 29, 2014

Fire sends 1 to hospital

SHELBYVILLE, IL. —

A home fire sent a Shelbyville woman to the hospital and destroyed her home Tuesday morning.

Firefighters were called to the 800 block of West North 2nd Street shortly before 11 a.m. Tuesday.

"We could see the smoke from the station," said fire engineer Brent Fogleman. 

The lone occupant, Bonnie Warfield, told fire fighters she noticed fire on the side of the chair she was sitting in. She attempted to use a fire extinguisher but could not pull the pin. She went outside and was finally able to pull the pin, but when she went back inside the fire was too big to handle. Passerby Mark Duckett and Shelbyville Police officer Brad Getz assisted Warfield away from her home.

Warfield, who also used an oxygen cannula, suffered burns. She was taken by ambulance to Shelby Memorial Hospital and later transported to St. Mary's Hospital in Decatur.

"She also told us there were 8 to 10 oxygen bottles in the home. They exploded before we were able to get inside. By the time we could get inside the fire was already through the porch roof," Fogleman said.

No injuries other than the resident were reported. Her cat also escaped safely. Neighboring homes were not damaged by the fire.

No investigation will be conducted. "There was nothing suspicious about it," Fogleman said.

Firefighters remained on the scene until about 4 p.m. Mutual aid was provided by Tower Hill, Findlay, and Windsor departments.

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