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Rockwood woman hurt in fire dies on Christmas Eve

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By Damon Lawrence

A 60-year-old Rockwood woman who was injured in a house fire a few weeks ago died on Christmas Eve.

Firefighters rescued Inez Newman from a home on Trinity Avenue in Rockwood on Dec. 12.

Rockwood Fire Chief Mike Wertz said on Thursday he was uncertain about the cause of her death.

He said in initial fire reports that Newman suffered burns and heavy smoke inhalation during the fire.

According to dispatch reports, a 12-year-old girl reported the fire upon the request of her mother, whom she said was trying to extinguish the blaze in the girl’s bedroom.

Services were on Dec. 29. Evans Mortuary, Rockwood, was in charge of arrangements.