SANDPOINT, Idaho (AP) -- Bonner County officials have released the name of a woman who died in a Dec. 30 fire at Priest Lake, about 27 miles north of Priest River.
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The sheriff's office says the victim was 73-year-old Shirley McDonald. The cause of the fire remains under investigation, but it appears to have been accidental.
Sgt. Gary Johnston told other media outlets that the victim's husband was working in a heavy equipment garage and Shirley McDonald was preparing dinner when the fire started at McDonald Logging Co.
Johnston says Ron McDonald's efforts to get into the burning residence were stifled by smoke and fire.