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Update: Woman dies from natural causes in Des Moines apartment fire

DES MOINES (AP) -- A woman has died following an apartment fire in Des Moines early Saturday.

An autopsy has determined that 62-year-old Velva Schmitt died of natural causes.

Officials were called to the blaze shortly after 3 a.m., where they discovered the body of Schmitt inside the building.

Schmitt's son, Merle Ervin, told officials outside the apartment that he was overcome by heat and smoke as he tried to put out the fire. He was sent to a local hospital for smoke inhalation and was released.


 

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