Robeson County woman dies after burning yard debris

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A 77-year-old woman appears to have died in a fire while burning yard debris Thursday afternoon at her home on Lewis Farm Road in the Shannon community of Robeson County, according to Robeson County Sheriff Ken Sealey.

Sealey said the fire got away from the woman and burned a barn on her property.

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He added they believe the woman died from smoke inhalation, but are conducting an investigation to be sure that’s the cause of death.

Shannon Volunteer Fire Department responded to the fire.

The woman’s name is expected to be released later Thursday afternoon or Friday morning.