A woman in Coaldale, Alberta has died in an apartment fire early Friday morning.
A release from the Coaldale RCMP states that police responded to a distress call at around 1 am on January 4, and though entry to an apartment of the 19th Street and 23rd Street building was attempted, a think wall of smoke prevented access to first-responders.
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The Coaldale Fire Department was then dispatched to the building, entered the apartment, and rescued an elderly woman from the flames, though she eventually succumbed to what police believe were smoke inhalation-related complications.
Other residents were safely evacuated from the building, and the fire was extinguished quickly, according to the release.
Many of the residents were able to return to their apartments in the seniors’ type building, as the fire was mostly contained to the one room.
Police do not believe that foul play was involved in the incident, and the woman’s family has been notified, though her identity will not be released to the public.