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Wheelchair-bound woman dies in Vicksburg house fire

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VICKSBURG, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

A Vicksburg community is in shock and saddened after a tragic loss. 

A house fire on Marcus Street claimed the life a disabled woman Tuesday. 

Firefighters battled through arcing power lines and searing flames but couldn't penetrate the blaze in time, unable to reach 62-year-old Deborah Sweet inside her home before she was overcome by smoldering heat and smoke.

Firefighters say her family, who called 911, also tried to use portable fire extinguishers to reach her, but were driven back by the large fire.

"Her brother tried to go to the front door but the fire pushed him back out," said Delores Tate, a family friend. "What a way to go."

Sweet, an double amputee was confined to a wheelchair. She was discovered by fire investigators about 15 feet from her front door.

"To my knowledge, she was home alone and due to the intense heat and flames and smoke from the fire, unfortunately, she lost her life in this tragic event," said Chief Craig Dancyzyk.

It's still unclear how the fire started in the first place.

Investigators say their preliminary inspection of the home showed it started in the front living room, around an outlet, suggesting it was electrical.

They will have answers in the coming days, but for the Sweet family there's no explanation that can help them explain their terrible loss.

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