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Durham Woman Dies In House Fire

Posted November 3, 2003 2:14 a.m. EST

— Durham police and fire investigators are investigating a fatal fire that occurred Sunday afternoon on Cheek Road in eastern Durham.

Firefighters found the body of an adult female, identified as Lillian Williams, in the back portion of a house at 2324 Cheek Road around 1 p.m.

Williams apparently died from smoke inhalation, according to a preliminary investigation.

Her body was sent to the state medical examiner's office in Chapel Hill for an autopsy.

Williams' grandson was playing outside when he noticed the fire shortly before 1 p.m. He ran across the street to a church to get help.

The cause of the fire still is not known.