Inves­ti­ga­tors say a Defi­ance woman was crit­i­cally injured Tues­day morn­ing while try­ing to res­cue her pets from a three-alarm house fire.

Donna Cole­man, of 101 Hill Ave. in Defi­ance, was taken to Mercy Defi­ance Hos­pi­tal, then trans­ferred to the Mercy Saint Vin­cent Med­ical Cen­ter in Toledo, where as of yes­ter­day, she was listed in fair con­di­tion.

Two dogs died in the fire, and none of the woman’s cats were found.

The cause of that fire in Defi­ance is being inves­ti­gated by the state fire marshal’s office, but they say it does not appear to be sus­pi­cious.

The home and all of its con­tents were destroyed.

Dam­age is esti­mated at $50,000.

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