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Lizana woman stable after house fire (updated 10:32 a.m.)

An elderly Lizana woman is hospitalized but in stable condition at a hospital after firefighters pulled her from her burning home early this morning.

Fire Marshal Pat Sullivan said she suffered smoke inhalation, but was not burned. "Firefighters saved her life, no doubt about it," Sullivan said.

The 71-year-old woman, whose name has not been released, was responsive to deputies at Garden Park Medical Center in Gulfport later this morning. Sullivan said units from Lizana and Gulfport fire departments responded to the blaze in the 10000 block of 34th Avenue off Landon Road. A passer-by reported the fire at 12:08 a.m.

The woman also called 911 to report she was trapped in her bedroom, Sullivan said. "One crew attacked the fire while another went in and found her," he said. "She was unable to make her way out because of heavy smoke when she opened the bedroom door."

Sullivan said firefighters found the woman in the back of the one-story, wood-frame house. The front of the home was damaged extensively, he said, while the back received mostly smoke damage.

This morning's fire and a fatal fire elsewhere on the Coast this weekend point to the need for smoke detectors for early warnings of a fire, Sullivan said.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

Sun Herald updates this story as more information becomes available.

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