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One Woman Killed in Fire

Outdoor Gas Heater Responsible

Contact: John S. Robison, State Fire Marshal

(334) 241-4166

1/2/2001

Martha McHale of 2320 Tahita Lane in Alabaster died Tuesday morning during a fire at her home.

The fire originated in the living room/den as the result of a liquefied petroleum gas heater being turned over. The heater, designed for outside use only, was connected to a twenty-pound gas cylinder and was being used to provide additional heat in the home. Mrs. McHale was found in a second floor bath room.

The fire and death are under investigation by the Alabaster Fire and Police Departments, the Alabama Department of Forensic Sciences and the State Fire Marshals Office.