December 16, 2018
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Woman dies in overnight Freeport house fire

A woman died early Saturday morning in a house fire, while three others managed to escape, according to Maine State Police.

Donelda Madore, 68, was found dead by firefighters in a Wardtown Road home that caught fire early Saturday morning, according to a press release from Maine State Police spokesman Steve McCausland.

Three other people who were in the home when it caught fire were able to escape without injury.

It appears the woman was overcome by heavy smoke as she tried to escape the home, according to the release.

The woman’s husband, one of the three people who escaped the fire, attempted to get back into the house to search for his wife but was unable to because of smoke.

David Madore reported the fire at about 1 a.m. The roof was burned off the house and the rest of the house sustained heavy fire and smoke damage throughout, the release said.

Investigators say the fire started in the attic.

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