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Clark County medical examiner identifies woman killed in east Vancouver apartment fire

By Jessica Prokop, Columbian Local News Editor
Published: October 2, 2023, 4:12pm

The Clark County Medical Examiner’s Office on Monday identified a 45-year-old woman as the person killed in a two-alarm apartment fire Sept. 25 in east Vancouver.

Amy Goeres died of smoke inhalation, the agency said, and her death was ruled an accident.

Another person was injured in the fire, which was reported at 8:37 p.m. in the D building at the Alder Creek Apartments, 11614 N.E. 49th St., in the North Image neighborhood. Eight engines, three ladder trucks and other firefighting units were dispatched to the fire.

The first firefighters to arrive used ladders to reach two residents who were trapped on their apartment balconies, Vancouver Fire spokesman Bryan Fredrickson previously said.

Firefighters were able to knock down the initial fire in about 20 minutes but radioed that it had extended into a common attic, according to emergency radio traffic monitored at The Columbian. Sixteen apartments are in the D building, which has two stories.

Fredrickson said that once firefighters were able to go into the building, they found one person inside.

The Red Cross responded to assist the residents of the building who were displaced.

The Vancouver Fire Marshal’s Office is finalizing its investigation, Fire Marshal Heidi Scarpelli said Monday, and anticipates the information will be available later this week.

A friend of Goeres’ has created a GoFundMe to raise money for a local memorial celebration.