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Woman living in ‘horrific’ conditions used a BBQ to heat her trailer. She died in a fire.

UPDATED: Tue., Nov. 24, 2020

A north Spokane woman died in an accidental fire Monday. Firefighters say it looked like she’d used a barbecue to heat her home when the utilities were turned off, according to a Spokane Fire Department news release.

Around 2:30 p.m. Monday, the Spokane Fire Department responded to the Ponderosa Mobile Home Park, 6417 N. Cincinnati St.

A neighbor called 911 when he noticed what looked like soot on his neighbor’s mobile home windows. Firefighters forced entry into the home and found “horrific living conditions,” according to the news release.

The home’s utilities had been turned off. It appeared the occupant had set up a full-size barbecue in the kitchen and a small one in the bedroom to heat the home. There were no smoke alarms or carbon monoxide detectors in this residence, the release said.

Firefighters found the home’s sole occupant, a 61-year-old woman, during their search and saw “immediately” that she was dead. The fire appeared to be accidental and the cause remains undetermined, according to the release.

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