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Authorities: woman dies in house fire on Bainbridge Island, husband makes it out alive


BAINBRIDGE ISLAND, Washington — Authorities say a woman has died in a house fire on Bainbridge Island.

Bainbridge Island Fire Department officials said a man escaped from the house fire early on Saturday, but the body of his wife was found inside.

Assistant Fire Chief Luke Carpenter said portions of the house were collapsing and the large blaze prevented firefighters from entering to rescue the woman.

The Kitsap Sun reports ( ) she was identified as Anne Henningsen Schlee; she was in her 80s.

The fire started at about 1 a.m. Officials say an investigation into the cause of the fire has been delayed because the structure is unsafe to enter.

The man was taken to Harrison Medical Center for evaluation but was otherwise unhurt.

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