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Bedford woman severely burned in 'suspicious' house fire

BEDFORD -- "Suspicious" is how authorities are describing a fire early Tuesday that severely burned a woman at her parents' home in southwest Bedford.

The woman, believed to be in her 40s, was taken in critical condition to Parkland Memorial Hospital in Dallas, said Bedford Fire Chief James Tindell. Her name was not immediately available early Tuesday.

Firefighters were alerted shortly after 3 a.m. to a house fire in the 1000 block of Woodland Terrace.

Tindell said the fire was suspicious, although details were not immediately available.

Lt. Kirk Roberts, police spokesman, said records show that officers have responded to at least two recent incidents at the home.

One call was for an assault, the other was for an "emergency mental detention" in which a person was taken to John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth.

No other details about those calls were immediately available early Tuesday.

Heavy smoke was pouring from a front window, and the injured woman was in the front yard with her parents, Tindell said.

She was burned over 60-80 percent of her body, Tindell said.

The fire, however, was put out quickly, he added.

Check back for more details.

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