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Officials say Antigo fire not suspicious

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ANTIGO (WAOW) - Family and friends are mourning the death of an 85-year-old woman in Antigo. Thelma Bula died in a house fire Thursday afternoon.

"She was a dear sweet person," said Jean Johnson, a neighbor. "I really liked her."

Johnson, who lives across the street, said she first noticed smoke coming from the back of Bula's house.

"About two minutes later, I looked again and saw it coming from out of the eaves and that's when I called 911," said Johnson.

Firefighters say they found Bula unconscious in her home. She was later pronounced dead at Langlade Hospital.

The home is now in ruins, eaten away by the smoke, while Christmas decorations still hang in the window.

Antigo Public Safety Director Eric Roller says investigators couldn't find the exact source of the fire, but they don't suspect anything suspicious.

Roller says Bula sometimes used a scooter to get around.

"Obviously with an elderly or limited mobility, it's harder maybe to get outside a residence," said Roller. "So have to have clear paths outside your residence or to the door."

Roller says it took firefighters four hours to put out the fire.

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