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‘It was so hot … it was like standing in the fire’
Passerby tried to warn 73-year-old victim of blaze
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Gainesville firefighters work the scene of a house fire on Clarks Bridge Road in Gainesville on Tuesday, April 30, 2019. A 73-year-old woman died in the fire. - photo by Austin Steele
As thick smoke poured out of a single-story duplex, Melvin Wells beat on the doors to try to alert whoever might be inside.