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COLUMBUS, Ind. — A woman who ran back into a burning home to retrieve her purse and doll collection was overcome by smoke and taken to Columbus Regional Hospital this morning.

Roxanne Henderson, 57, was taken to Columbus Regional Hospital this morning for treatment of smoke inhalation.  Police spokesman Lt. Matt Myers said her condition did not appear to be life-threatening.

Henderson lived in the rear unit of an older, one-story house converted into three apartments in the 800 block of Union Street.

Preliminary reports indicate the 11:23 a.m. fire broke out in the kitchen of a front apartment at 820 Union Street, according to firefighters at the scene. However, Michelle Riedman, the tenant in the front apartment, said the electricity had been shut off to her unit and was not supposed to be restored until later in the day.

All three apartment units were damaged.

Dale and Amy Smith, who lived in the third apartment at 822 Union with their four children, escaped injuries. One of their dogs, a six-week-old pit bull, was rescued from the smoke-filled building and treated for smoke inhalation at the scene.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation, firefighters said.

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