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Kannapolis woman killed in early morning house fire

KANNAPOLIS — A 69-year-old woman was killed in a house fire early Wednesday morning on Prince Street in Kannapolis.

Eight other people were able to escape the fire safely.

According to city officials, when firefighters arrived at 311 Prince St. about 5:45 a.m., the house was engulfed in flames.

Patricia Ann Hyatt died in the two-story home located in Cabarrus County.

Kannapolis Fire Division Chief Kirk Beard said at some point during the initial fire response, crews encountered explosions that are believed to have originated with a home oxygen tank.

Three firefighters suffered minor injuries.

Officials said there were no working smoke alarm in the house, which was destroyed.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

The family members who escaped the fire were assisted by the American Red Cross.

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