FATAL FIRE: Officials Release Woman’s Name

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The Des Moines Fire Department has released the name of a woman they found dead in a burning home Wednesday morning.

Fire crews were called to 4125 3rd Street around 2:30 a.m. When they arrived a small fire was found in the living room. The body of the homeowner, Judy Sampson, was also located. She was already deceased.

Officials say they are still investigating the cause of the fire but it may have been linked to smoking. They say Sampson was using portable oxygen.

An autopsy is being performed to determine the cause of death.