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January 14, 2016

Police: Woman killed in Trenton fire fell asleep with lit cigarette

75-year-old victim found dead in sixth floor unit of senior living facility

A 75-year-old Trenton woman who was killed Thursday afternoon in a fire at her senior living facility fell asleep while smoking a cigarette in her unit, according to investigators.

Crews responded to the fire around 4 p.m. at the Luther Arms building on the 300 block of South Broad Street, according to 6 ABC.

Officials found the elderly, wheelchair-bound victim dead in her room on the sixth floor. Firefighters were able to put out the flames with a fire extinguisher before it spread any further, according to police.

The victim was pronounced dead at the scene and has not been identified.

All residents at the facility have been given approval to return to their homes.

While a definitive cause of the fire remains under investigation, officials said careless smoking was most likely the source of the incident.