Officials: Woman, 76, Dies Ater Brush Fires Grow

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

LONDON TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) -- Officials say a 76-year-old woman who was burning several small brush piles in southeastern Michigan has died after winds prompted the fires to grow out of control.

The Monroe County sheriff's department says the body of Anna Eliva Pinto of Milan was found near the edge of a wooded area in London Township that was burning. Investigators say she was unable to escape the fire and was overcome by smoke and flames.

Police tell she was trapped by a 6-foot tall wire fence on the property, which was her brother's.

The Milan Area Fire Department was called Wednesday afternoon following a report of a field fire and found the wooded area engulfed in flames.

The sheriff's department says the fire about 35 miles southwest of Detroit is under investigation.

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