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UPDATE: Centerville fire victim airlifted to burn center in Augusta

A 72-year-old Centerville woman was airlifted to Augusta early this morning after she was found unconscious inside her burning home last night.

Corrie Ann Benton called a neighbor at about 11:20 p.m. Monday to report the fire at 102 Anne Drive.

"I was thinking it was a little fire," said Nellie Baggett who lives aross the street in the neighborhood not far from the Galleria Mall. "She was on the phone (with 911) and when she got off she went to the kitchen. She kept saying 'Nellie I can't find you come and get me.'"

Benton's husband died suddenly about a month ago and Baggett kept a key to her neighbor's house, Baggett said.

By the time Baggett entered the house, the smoke was so thick she couldn't reach Benton,she said.

Jason Jones, assistant chief of the Centerville Fire Department said they searched three rooms before finding Benton in a breakfast area off the kitchen.

Jones was back at the scene this morning trying to determine what caused the fire which appeared to have started in the bedroom section of the one-story brick house.

Benton was in critical condition at the Joseph M. Still Burn Center, said Beth Frits, hospital spokeswoman.

Come back to macon.com for video from the scene.

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