Woman dies in Vancouver apartment fire

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Nine people were displaced as a result of a Sunday, May 12, blaze at this east Vancouver apartment complex. (KOIN 6 News)

VANCOUVER, Wash. (AP) — A woman who was pulled from her burning apartment in Vancouver has died at a Portland hospital.

Police were first on the scene early Sunday and kicked in the front door.

Sgt. Jon Pfister told The Columbian they were driven back by heavy smoke but made a second attempt and were able to pull the woman outside. The officers weren’t hurt.

She was taken to Legacy Emanuel Medical Center in Portland where she died. She was later identified by the Multnomah County Medical Examiner’s Office as Karen Kimberling. The exact cause of death was not confirmed.

Fire Battalion Chief Dave Seabrook says two apartments were ruined and two were damaged with the loss estimated at $150,000. The Red Cross is helping displaced residents.

Information from: The Columbian, http://www.columbian.com

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