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Gaffney woman dies in fire

Cherokee County, S.C., officials say a 69-year-old woman died in an early morning house fire in Gaffney on Sunday. County Coroner Dennis Fowler said the victim was 69-year-old Gail Ruppe Bright. He said Bright lived alone at the home and was pronounced dead at the scene. The coroner said it appeared that Bright was asleep in bed when the fire started. An autopsy was scheduled for Monday. Authorities haven’t said what caused the fire. Associated Press