Woman dies after Lincoln house fire

An elderly woman died Wednesday afternoon after rescue workers pulled her from her smoke-filled home Tuesday night.  Firefighters say she was unresponsive and had her transported her to St. Elizabeth's Regional Medical Center.

Lincoln Fire and Rescue Battalion Chief Derald Murrell says they were called to the home at 54th and Francis streets around 8:30 P.M. Tuesday night after neighbors reported seeing smoke coming from the roof.  He says the neighbors knocked on the door and tried to alert anyone inside, but no one came out.

Murrell says firefighters put out some flames in the basement .

Authorities suspect she had set the fires in her basement. City fire investigator Damon Robbins say it appears the woman struck matches to light three piles of materials in her basement.

He says two pets were in the home at the time.  He says they're okay and have been taken by Animal Control.

The cause of the blaze is still under investigation.  No word on total damages.