Fatal fire ruled accidental

56-year-old woman killed in duplex fire

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MIAMI - Miami Fire Rescue ruled a fire that killed a woman on Wednesday morning as accidental.

Miami Fire Rescue reported finding cigarette butts throughout the duplex at 6313 NW 17th Avenue.

When firefighters arrived Wednesday morning, they found 56-year-old Chernal Fannell unconscious on the floor of the bedroom. She was transported to the hospital, where she died.

Firefighters said neighbors heard banging and believe Fannell was signaling for help.

"It appears that this woman was trying to get help or try to get out of her unit," Miami Fire Rescue Lt. Ignatius Carroll said Wednesday. "Not sure if she was trying to bang on the window using a drawer, but this is a situation where you have bars all around the window."

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