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Woman In Wheelchair Caught On Fire After Having Cigarette

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File photo of wheelchair. (Credit: LEON NEAL/AFP/GettyImages)

File photo of wheelchair. (Credit: LEON NEAL/AFP/GettyImages)

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SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — Embers from a cigarette ignited a blanket a woman had wrapped around herself as she smoked outside Sunday in Spokane in her wheelchair.

The fire department says the woman was unable to put out the fire or get out of the wheelchair until two people nearby came to her aid.

She was taken to Sacred Heart Medical Center with second- and third-degree burns over 28 percent of her body. She was later airlifted to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle.

(© Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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