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February 08, 2013 | 04:33 PM
WILLIAMS BAY — A 70-year-old woman died in a house fire late Thursday evening, while her 75-year-old husband and Williams Bay firefighter spent a day in the hospital in Janesville for smoke inhalation, Williams Bay officials said.

The victim, Sally Johnson, was found in her bedroom.

Her husband, John "Al" Johnson is at Mercy Hospital, Janesville, where he is being treated for smoke inhalation.

Walworth County fire investigators are now combing the scene at 83 Lackey Drive trying to determine the cause of the blaze.

According to a press release, firefighters were called to a kitchen fire at 8:21 p.m. Thursday with a report of a person or persons trapped in the home.

Firefighters were able to pull the man out of the house and were searching for the second person when heavy smoke and heat forced them to retreat.

Firefighters from six different jurisdictions were eventually called to the two-alarm fire before it was finally contained about two hours later. Firefighters from town of Delavan, Elkhorn, Darien, Walworth and Fontana, along with paramedics from Medix Ambulance Service, Lake Geneva, responded to the call, Police Chief Robert Pruessing said.

Pruessing said the woman's body was found in a bedroom.

Two firefighters were hospitalized for smoke inhalation, although one was treated and then released.

Pruessing said the male victim and second firefighter were first taken to Mercy Walworth Medical Center before they were transferred to Mercy Hospital, Janesville.


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