Woman dies in house fire in Athens

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ATHENS, Ala. - A woman died in a house fire early Monday morning in Athens.

Firefighters responded to a fire in the 19000 block of Airfield Street in Athens shortly before 3 am.  The fire was in a detached garage, about five feet from the home.

Police Chief Floyd Johnson said the woman who died was 38, and was from out of town.  Police have not released her name yet because they're still working to notify her family.

Investigators from the State Fire Marshal's office are working to determine the cause of the fire.  Chief Johnson said he believes it was accidental.

Neighbors said the fire is devastating for the family and the community.

Athens Fire officials say this is the 100th fire fatality in Alabama this year.

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