COPY-War veteran dies in NE Ark. house fire

Associated Press - February 26, 2009 1:04 PM ET

FINCH, Ark. (AP) - The cause of a Greene County house fire that claimed the life of an Iraqi war veteran is under investigation.

Thirty-year-old Adem Marie Downs was killed in the fire that started about 1 a.m. Saturday. Downs was a supply specialist in Iraq with the Army's 4th Infantry Division.

Her husband, Drew Downs, who also served in Iraq, had left their Finch home the day before the fire to attend military training in Virginia. He said that with her death, he lost his "whole life."

Drew Downs noted that his wife was an avid candle collector.

A funeral was set for Friday.

Information from: The Jonesboro Sun,

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