News article assistance needed

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I am hoping that someone with access to can help me with article details such as date of death, surviving relatives names, accidental or suspicious fire, and anything else you think important. Thanks in advance!

Times Herald, Olean, New York, pg 7 "The charred body of Mrs. Lila Derlien is ..."

WikiTree profile: Lila Derlien
in Genealogy Help by Nancy Thomas G2G6 Mach 4 (47.2k points)

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"is found in the burned-out bedroom of her home in New London, CT.  The fire is believed to have been started from a cigarette she was smoking in bed."'

It's not an obit or even a real news story, it's just part of the day's news summary for Saturday, April 28, tucked into an article that includes war news and a high school trip.
by Kathie Forbes G2G6 Pilot (363k points)
Thanks, Kathie!
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The Hartford Courant of 28 October 1945 has a slightly longer version of the AP story: "New London, April 27 - Mrs. Lila Derlien, about 35, identified only as the wife of a naval lieutenant on duty at Baltimore, was burned to death in a bedroom fire at 129 Pequot Avenue here tonight. Deputy fire chief Lawrence McGrath said the woman had been 'burned beyond recognition' in a fire which he believed started from a cigarette the woman was smoking in bed. McGrath estimated that the blaze did damage of $200 and said it had been confined to Mrs. Derlien's bedroom." See

by Anonymous Geschwind G2G6 Mach 8 (81.9k points)
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Thank you! She had such an unusual history. So sad.

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