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An Inglis woman died in a house fire early Thursday morning, despite efforts to save her.

Her identity was unavailable Friday.

Firefighters from Inglis, Yankeetown, Williston and Citrus County, as well as Levy County Sheriff’s Office (LCSO) deputies, were dispatched just after 3 a.m. to the two-story home in the 900 block of State Road 40 East, LCSO spokesman Lt. Scott Tummond said Friday.

Responders arrived to find the building fully engulfed, and three men — a father, son and uncle — who were able to escape from the blaze.

Unbeknownst to the surviving family members, their relative, a 27-year-old woman had come home unexpectedly in the middle of the night before the fire started, and went to sleep upstairs, Tummond said.

After realizing the woman was still trapped inside, the men raised a ladder to the second floor but were unsuccessful in rescuing her. 

Tummond said the woman was on the phone with a 911 dispatcher before she died. No other injuries were reported.

“Our hearts and prayers go out to that family and to our own,” the sheriff’s lieutenant said.

Tummond said the American Red Cross responded to assist the family, and the State Fire Marshall’s Office is investigating the fire’s cause, which is believed to be electrical in nature.

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