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Shirley Means, 56, was killed today in a fire that engulfed her house at 368 Warren Ave., Kenmore, authorities said.

She was pronounced dead at the scene by the Erie County medical examiner's office.

Ms. Means apparently died of smoke inhalation, an official at the medical examiner's office said. But a positive determination will be made when an autopsy is completed.

Officials said a dog also was killed in the fire.

The fire started after midnight in a bedroom and spread, causing an estimated $75,000 damage to the 1 1/2 -story frame house. Firefighters from the Kenmore Volunteer Fire Department were at the scene for two hours.

A cause had not been determined this morning, but Town of Tonawanda police detectives were investigating.

A fire and police department dispatcher said a passer-by alerted authorities to the fire. Apparently, Ms. Means was alone at the time.

The house was not equipped with smoke detectors.

One firefighter suffered minor injuries but received treatment at the scene.

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