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Benton Harbor woman dies after being rescued from house fire

Justin Hicks
IPB News

A 67‑year‑old woman has died after being rescued from a house fire in Benton Harbor. Officials with the Benton Harbor Department of Public Safety were called to the fire on LaSalle Street on the city’s north side around 2:00 p.m. Monday.

Emergency personnel found a man trying to get into the house through the back door. He had been overcome by smoke but told first responders his wife was still inside. One team searched for the woman while another fought the fire.

The woman was found and taken out of the house. The Benton Harbor Public Safety Search and Rescue Team and ambulance personnel began life saving treatment and a pulse was restored.

She was transported to Corewell Health in St. Joseph and later airlifted to Bronson Hospital in Kalamazoo where she died some time later. Her name isn’t being released at the request of the family.

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Kent Fulmer joined WVPE in August of 2020 to take on one of the station's most high profile roles as the local host of Morning Edition. Kent comes to WVPE with more than 20 years experience in radio in the Michiana area. During his career, Kent has had a variety of roles including DJ, reporter and newscaster, as well as several behind-the-scenes positions. Kent and his wife, Donna, are celebrating their 32nd wedding anniversary in 2020 and have lived in Elkhart County for almost 20 years. They have two adult daughters, Sarah and Rebecca. When not working, Kent is active as a musician, playing trumpet and flugelhorn. He has performed with a number of area bands. Currently he performs with the Phat Tuesday Dixieland Band and Jazz Assemblage, as well as his church's praise band. As a member of Jazz Assemblage, Kent has appeared at the Elkhart Jazz Festival several times. He also volunteers with Bugles Across America.