Woman Injured After Alexandria Fire

Police: 53-year-old suffers second and third-degree burns over 80 percent of her body

Sunday, Jun 17, 2012  |  Updated 12:18 PM EDT
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Woman Injured After Alexandria Fire

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An Alexandria woman has been hospitalized after a flash fire left her with second and third degree burns over 80 percent of her body.

Police were called to the 300 block of North Fayette Street shortly after 9:00 p.m. Saturday. They found the 53-year-old woman and transported her to MedStar Burn Center in Washington.

Investigators say that the woman was attempting to light a fire in an outdoor metal fireplace on a patio when an accumulation of vapors near the fuel source ignited, causing a flash fire.

The woman's name and current condition are not known at this time.

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