Investigators seeking cause of Washington state fatal fire

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YAKIMA, Wash. (AP) — Investigators are searching for the cause of a mobile home fire that killed a Washington state woman.

The Yakima Herald reported Sunday that 57-year-old Renee Leighty died in Yakima Nov. 12.

Firefighters pulled Leighty from the burning structure and performed CPR at the scene.

Yakima County Coroner Jim Curtice says an autopsy determined Leighty died from smoke inhalation.

U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives agents and Yakima fire personnel are investigating the cause.

Officials say fatal fires in Yakima County are rare, with 10 fire deaths between 2014 and 2018.

Yakima Fire Chief Aaron Markham advises residents to establish escape plans for a possible fire, ensure homes have working smoke detectors and avoid overloading electrical outlets.


Information from: Yakima Herald-Republic,

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