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April 9, 2013

Fire victims identified as mother, daughter

NORTH TONAWANDA — Two North Tonawanda residents who died in a fire at their North Tonawanda home Monday night have been identified.

Dorothy Burns, 84, was pronounced dead at the scene near the front entrance of the 53 Third Ave. house after firefighters forced entry. Her daughter, Kathleen Watson, 62, who was discovered unconscious in the rear of the structure, was rushed to DeGraff Memorial Hospital where she died. Investigators say the cause of death for both victims was smoke inhalation. 

Police and firefighters were called to the scene at approximately 10 p.m. Monday after a neighbor reported a fire in the home's living room.

Lapham said the home was full of clutter, which made fighting the fire difficult. One firefighter sustained minor injuries. Damages are estimated at $35,000.

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