98-year-old woman dies in East Naples mobile home fire

98-year-old woman dies in East Naples mobile home fire

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A 98-year-old woman died and her daughter suffered serious burns in an East Naples modular home fire Thursday morning, fire and sheriff’s officials said.

Firefighters responded at about 5 a.m. to Grosbeak Lane, where they found the home on fire. Frances Krupa was pronounced dead at the scene. State fire marshals are investigating what caused the blaze, East Naples fire Chief Kingman Schuldt said.

A Collier County Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman said dispatchers received a call from Delores Rounds, 76, via Life Alert after she smelled smoke in the home.

Rounds escaped the home and was hospitalized in a burn unit at the Kendall Regional Medical Center near Miami, officials said. She was stable Thursday evening, but Schuldt called her injuries “a serious situation.”

Fire officials said the home was “totaled” as a result of the fire. Fire officials from Golden Gate, Marco Island and Isle of Capri also responded, Schuldt said.

Neighbor Gina Gasser told NBC-2 that Rounds lived and cared for her bedridden mother in the home, located off U.S. 41 East between Manatee Road and Sandpiper Drive. Recently, Rounds needed surgery and was in a wheelchair.

“She was not able to move about freely, so it’s tough,” Gasser told NBC-2. “It’s a sad situation. I mean, a loss of life, a dog died in the fire as well, so I mean it’s just very sad and they were wonderful neighbors.”

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