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Elderly woman killed in Lincoln house fire

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Dee DeQuattro

ddequattro@abc6.com

Tragedy struck in a Lincoln neighborhood when a 91-year-old woman was killed in a Lincoln house fire.

The fire broke out at in the basement of an elderly couple's residence around 5:30 a.m. Henry Barry, 90, made it out of the fire safely but his wife, Jeannette, was not so fortunate.

According to fir officials Jeanette died of smoke inhalation in her second floor bedroom. Firefighters removed her from the bedroom but by the time she was rescued it was too late.

Her husband Henry said he tried to rescue Jeanette by using a fire extinguisher to get upstairs but was stopped by heavy smoke. According to a family member, the couple had built the Lincoln home in 1946 shortly after they were married in 1945 and have lived their happily ever since.

"They've always been there for us and we have tried to be there for them," said the couple's daughter Sheila, through tears.

Jeanette Barry is survived by her husband, four children, six grandchildren and seven great grandchildren.

The cause of the fire is not yet determined but it is believed to be a result of a gas leak in the basement of the dwelling.

One firefighter was taken to the hospital with a rapid heartbeat but officials say he will be okay.

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