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Mother of three killed in Lithonia house fire

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DeKalb County fire investigators have determined the cause of a fire that killed a mother of three in her Lithonia home was caused by an electrical issue.

Firefighters responded to the fire on Timor Trail just before 3:30 p.m. Monday.

Natalie Porter, who was in her early 50s, was battling a medical condition at the time of the fire and used oxygen to help her breathe, according to her family.

"It had something to do with her lungs. She had health problems," said Lovely Watkins.

Fire officials told CBS Atlanta News that when the fire broke out, a family dog was able to get it out safely.

Neighbor Jeremy Randele told CBS Atlanta News that the flames were so intense, he could not reach Porter.

"I was just on adrenaline. I was just trying to do my best," said Randele. "We went to her window. That's when we seen the flames were more in her room than the whole house."

Randele said flames were billowing from the windows when suddenly, he heard a small explosion inside.

"I guess as the flames erupted, and I guess the oxygen tank exploded, the A/C vent popped out of the window," said Randele.

That's when he ran for cover near the front of the home, where the woman's youngest son was trying put out the flames with a water hose just as fire crews arrived.

Fire investigators said Porter became immobile at some point during the fire and wasn't able to try to escape.

"With that smoke and stuff in there, that made it even harder for her to breathe," said Watkins

A family member told CBS Atlanta News that the son who tried to help save the victim will be a high school senior and that she has two other sons who are in the military.

No foul play was suspected in connection with the blaze, according to DeKalb County spokesperson Alisa Jackson.

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