Lyon: Elderly woman dies in apartment fire

Lyon: Elderly woman dies in apartment fire
Lyon: Elderly woman dies in apartment fire

A 78-year-old woman died in a fire that broke out in her apartment on Friday at around 2:45 p.m. in Lyon (9th arrondissement), according to information from - Lyon confirmed on Progress by security sources.

Discovered unconscious by firefighters

The old lady who lived alone, on the third floor of a building located at 33 rue du Professeur Patel, in the Deux Amants district, on the edge of Champvert. She was discovered unconscious by the firefighters who were intervening to fight the fire in her home.

The alarm was raised by neighbours and when help arrived, part of the apartment was ablaze. The septuagenarian was lying in a room next to where the fire started and was taken care of by the firefighters and the SAMU. Unfortunately, she did not survive and was pronounced dead on the spot.

Around twenty residents evacuated

As a precaution, firefighters evacuated about twenty residents of the building, who were able to return to their homes at the end of the afternoon, after the usual checks. The fire was quickly brought under control using two hoses and did not cause any other casualties.

According to information from the Progressthe victim did not show any signs of burns and would have died either from fainting or from asphyxiation caused by the smoke. She suffered from Alzheimer’s-type disorders and may not have been able to react when the fire broke out.

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Initial findings by the police have concluded that the incident was accidental. An investigation is underway to determine the cause of the fire.

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