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Authorities ID woman killed in fire

November 15, 2012
  • Family and friends react to the news of a loved one who died in a house fire at 2201 Heather Lane in Newport Beach on Wednesday. The woman, second from right, said she is the sister of the homeowner.
Family and friends react to the news of a loved one who died… (KEVIN CHANG, Daily…)

Police on Thursday identified a woman killed in a house fire near the Back Bay as Mary Louise Phillips.

Firefighters discovered the 90-year-old woman's body in her Heather Lane home when responding to a fire reported about 10:40 a.m. Wednesday, authorities said.

Newport Beach and Costa Mesa firefighters put out the blaze by 11:18 a.m., according to Newport Beach fire Battalion Chief Chip Duncan.

The fire was ruled an accident, and was most likely electrical in nature, according to Newport Beach police spokeswoman Kathy Lowe.

— Lauren Williams

Twitter: @lawilliams30

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