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Gun Lake house catches fire, 81-year-old woman dies

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England Drive, Shelbyville. (July 10, 2013)

ORANGEVILLE TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WZZM) -- An elderly woman has died in a house fire on Gun Lake in Barry County. Emma Jane Evans, 81, died in the blaze on England Drive, which began around 2 p.m. Wednesday afternoon.

Neighbors say flames reached 40-50 feet high and firefighters had a difficult time reaching the home. Neighbors used garden hoses to fight the flames before authorities arrived.

Witness Daniel Mooney says the high winds made the fire uncontrollable. "Firefighters were trying to keep the other two houses contained, but they kept trying to fight the wind off the bay."

Five fire departments responded to the scene, including Orangeville Township, Martin Township, Thornapple Township, Prairieville Township, and Delton Township.

Evans was the only one inside the home and no one else was injured. The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

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