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Firefighters identify woman killed in house fire in Spokane's Browne's Addition neighborhood

The woman was identified as 42-year-old Elizabeth Burkland, who was a resident of the apartment unit.
Credit: Spokane Fire Department

SPOKANE, Wash. — Authorities have released the identity of a woman killed in a fire on Saturday early morning in Spokane's Browne's Addition neighborhood. 

The woman was identified as 42-year-old Elizabeth Burkland, who was a resident of the apartment unit. The Spokane County Medical Examiner determined the cause of her death was a result of smoke inhalation.

Officials ruled the cause of the fire as accidental and said smoking and cooking materials were located in the area where the fire originated.

According to the Spokane Fire Department (SFD), a neighbor called 911 after noticing a "really strong chemical smell" coming from the apartment located at the 2300 Block of West Pacific Ave. just after 3 a.m. 

According to SFD, the neighbor told the 911 dispatch she heard what she believed to be an argument, a woman crying and what sounded like someone falling over in the apartment.

Spokane Police Department (SPD) first responded to the incident, and when they got there, they reported a similar chemical odor and began investigating. They determined a unit in the apartment building was on fire and began looking for the source.

When firefighters arrived, they found a woman in cardiac arrest and pulled her out of the apartment that had heavy flames coming from the apartment's backside. Firefighters tried to resuscitate the woman and evacuated the apartment.

She died as a result of the incident, but nobody else was hurt. As of Saturday morning at 9:40 a.m., officers haven't released the woman's name or the cause of her death. 

Spokane Fire Department's Special Investigation Unit is still investigating the cause of the fire and if the smoke alarms were working during the fire. Monetary loss from the fire is still being investigated. 

This is a developing story and will be updated as more information is available. 

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