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Victim identified in deadly Marion apartment fire

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Authorities have identified the woman killed in an overnight apartment fire in Marion.

According to officials, 72-year-old Lynda Darnell Hall was killed. A second life was also taken in the fire, her pet dog.

Firefighters say when they arrived, heavy smoke was coming from the building.

Residents who were forced to evacuate are still in shock today.

"I jumped up out of bed, and my entire living area was all smoky," said Kristy Nichols. She lives above the apartment that caught fire.

Her daughter woke her up in the middle of the night after realizing something was wrong.

"I opened up the front door, and I saw smoke. At first I thought it was coming from next door, then I realized it was from the apartment downstairs," said Nichols.

The community is now mourning the loss of Hall.

"This is always a tough time-- for the firefighters, the police officers-- and absolutely for the family. And for the entire community. Marion is a small, tight-knit community," said Marion Public Information Officer Ken Heath.

Neighbors say the loss is a sobering reality.

"I wish that when I had seen her, I had stopped and said 'Are you having a good day?' Instead of just 'Hey.' It's very scary, she wasn't expecting that to happen to her," said Nichols.

Officials have ruled the fire an accident.

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Authorities have identified the woman killed in an overnight apartment fire in Marion.

According to Marion officials, 72-year-old Lynda Darnell Hall was killed. Her pet dog also died in the fire.

The fire has been ruled accidental.

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One person is dead after an overnight apartment fire Chatham Hill Road in Marion, according to authorities. The name of the victim has not been released.

Information is limited at this time and we will have more information as it becomes available.

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