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Smoking kills woman in her sleep

An apartment fire in Köflach, Styria, killed a 47-year-old woman. According to a police report, the single woman who had been in early retirment fell asleep while smoking.

Around midnight a neighbour noticed the smell of smoke and alarmed the fire brigade.

However, help arrived too late. When the fire brigade entered her flat in the Piberstraße in Köflach, the woman was dead already.

The woman presumably died of smoke poisoning. According to police investigations, the fire started because of burning cigarette ash.

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