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Elderly woman's body found after Mount Vernon fire

Thursday, February 16, 2012
Mount Vernon fire

Investigators still looking for the cause of the deadly fire that killed a 77-year-old Mount Vernon woman.

The Valentine's Day fire took the life of Rita Valentine and displaced her five grandchildren, as well as 19 other residents from a total of nine families.

Valentine's body was found on a second floor staircase.

Valentine's distraught granddaughter tried to run into the burning building on Tuesday afternoon, but firefighters and police had to restrain her.

A man from the apartment where the fire started suffered burns.

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