The fire had fully engulfed the back bedroom units and firefighters were unable to save the woman.

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Sarasota County, Florida -- An overnight fire in Venice ended in one woman's death.

Sarasota County Sheriff's Office responded to a home on Moss Lane due to reports of a possible house fire a little after 1 a.m. on Saturday morning. Upon arrival deputies found a man outside the home who said he awoke to the smell of smoke and noticed the house was on fire. He attempted to get the female resident out but was unable.

The fire had fully engulfed the back bedroom units and firefighters were unable to save the woman, later identified as Rushie Friend.

The fire is still under investigation.

Anyone with information about this investigation can contact the Sheriff's Office Criminal Investigations Bureau at 941-861-4900 or Crime Stoppers at 941-366-TIPS (8477) or via text message by texting TIP109 plus a message to CRIMES (274637).

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