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Wheelchair bound woman killed in Youngstown fire

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YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio - The Mahoning County Coroner has identified the victim of a weekend fire at a Hillman Street apartment.

Firefighters found 65-year-old Marsha Tucker on fire in a wheelchair inside her Grove Manor apartment just after 4:30 p.m. Sunday.

According to a report from the coroner, Tucker, who had a history of multiple sclerosis, was found sitting in the motorized wheelchair in her kitchen. She was taken to St. Elizabeth Medical Center where she was pronounced dead a short time after arrival.

It appears that the fire originated at the wheelchair, which was found to be operational.

Tucker was a known smoker according to the coroner's report.  Cigarettes, ashtray and matches were found near her at the time of the incident. No kitchen appliance appears to be involved in the fire and the remainder of the apartment is intact.

An autopsy found evidence of thermal injury, smoke inhalation, multiple sclerosis and artery disease. No evidence of of trauma was found.

 Damage from the fire was contained to one apartment, but all the residents were evacuated for safety.

The fire is still under investigation.
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