Silver Springs, Fla.

The Florida State Fire Marshal’s Office along with the Marion County Sheriff’s Office is investigating what happened to a 71-year-old woman who died inside a house fire early Thursday morning.

The fire occurred at a home on the 2300 block of SE 175th Terrace in Silver Springs.

Marion County Fire Rescue arrived at the home at 2:25 am to find 50 percent of it already in flames.  A total of 24 firefighters were called to the scene to try and contain the fire to the 1,600-square-foot concrete home.

A 42-year-old man was able to escape the blaze but a 71-year-old woman was found dead.

The cause of the fire and death are being investigated.

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