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5-Year-Old Dies Of Injuries From Fire

Fri., March 28, 1997

A 5-year-old girl died early Thursday morning of injuries she suffered in a house fire.

Samantha McGilvra died at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle, where she was flown after treatment in Colville and Spokane hospitals. She had second- and third-degree burns over 60 percent of her body, but apparently succumbed to the effects of inhaling smoke and superheated gases, said Colville Fire Chief Rick Naff.

The girl was trapped in a bedroom when the fire broke out about 9 a.m. Wednesday, Naff said.

Craig T. Sheppard was watching Samantha and her 3-year-old brother while their mother, Lena McGilvra, was shopping with her baby. Sheppard, who is McGilvra’s boyfriend, managed to get the 3-year-old to safety but couldn’t get back in the house, Naff said.

A city employee who happened to be nearby was cut while breaking a window in an unsuccessful rescue attempt.

The small two-bedroom, wood-frame house was fully aflame when firefighters arrived. Wearing protective gear, they entered the victim’s bedroom through a window and found her on the floor.

Naff said the girl showed no signs of life when an ambulance crew took her to Mount Carmel Hospital in Colville, but she was revived later. The girl was airlifted to Sacred Heart Medical Center in Spokane and then to Harborview.

The cause of the fire remained under investigation Thursday, Naff said.

, DataTimes

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