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Ruskin woman injured when her oxygen line catches fire

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RUSKIN, FL (WFLA) -

A Ruskin woman, who relies on oxygen to help her breathe, was smoking a cigarette early Monday morning when the oxygen line caught fire, according to a Hillsborough County Fire Rescue spokesperson.

It happened at 3 a.m. at the Paradise Mobile Home Park off South US Highway 41.  When Hillsborough County firefighters arrived, they found heavy smoke and flames shooting out the window. 

"There's not enough insulation, enough protection in these mobile homes that when a fire does start, it goes very quickly," explained HCFR Spokesman Ronnie Rivera.  "It took about 10-minutes or less to destroy the entire home."

The homeowner had run to a neighbor's house to call 911.  Paramedics took her to Blake Medical Center in Bradenton, where doctors are treating her for smoke inhalation.

Rivera says investigators have determined the fire was accidental. The home is declared a total loss.

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