Elderly Athens woman dies after house fire

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An elderly Athens woman has died after a house fire earlier this week.

City officials say the Athens Fire Department was called to a home on East Madison Avenue on Wednesday morning just after 8 a.m. where they found half of the home on fire.

Crews forced their way inside and found Mamie L. Folberg, 87, and her son, Mark R. Folberg, 48, inside. Both were flown to UT Medical Center and later transferred to Vanderbilt in Nashville. An Athens firefighter was also injured when a ceiling collapsed.

Mamie Folberg died of her injuries on Friday. Mark Folberg is listed in stable condition. The firefighter was treated and released from Starr Hospital and has been cleared to return to active duty.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

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