May 25, 2018
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Auburn woman critically burned while smoking on oxygen

By Nick McCrea, BDN Staff

AUBURN, Maine — A local woman is in critical condition Monday after suffering serious burns in her apartment Monday morning, according to the state fire marshal’s office.

Catherine Swidzinski, 57, was smoking a cigarette while using an oxygen tank around 8 a.m. in an apartment at 272 Turner St. when flames broke out, Maine Department of Public Safety spokesman Stephen McCausland said in a news release.

Swidzinski is being treated at Maine Medical Center in Portland, according to McCausland.

The apartment sustained minor fire damage.

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