- Associated Press - Wednesday, March 4, 2015

CLEVELAND, Tenn. (AP) - Authorities say an 88-year-old Bradley County woman who entered her burning home to save her pets has died.

Bradley County Fire Chief Troy Maney says Anna Bates died Wednesday.

Maney says a fire broke out in Bates’ kitchen on Friday and she managed to escape. Maney says she called 911 and told dispatchers that she was going back into the house to save her pets.

Maney says dispatchers urged her not to enter but the phone went dead.

Firefighters arrived and found Bates in a hallway. They resuscitated her and took her to a hospital.

Maney says a dog and a cat survived, but two cats died.

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