WALLA WALLA, Washington – The woman rescued from the June 6 house fire on W. Poplar St. died Monday at a Seattle hospital from injuries she sustained in the fire.
Denise Lowell, 56, passed away at Harborview Medical Center, according to her husband, Chip Lowell.
“She will be greatly missed by all. She would not want you to shed your tears for her, but instead, pick yourself up, brush yourself off, and keep moving forward,” Chip said in a statement he released to KTEL News.
Officers from the Walla Walla Police Department forced entry into the home on the 600 block of W. Poplar St. at about 2:36 a.m. to escort one person out of the home, but the heat and smoke prevented them from rescuing Denise, who was in a back bedroom.
It wasn’t until about 15 minutes later that firefighters performed a search of the home and located Denise, who was transported to Providence St. Mary Medical Center in Walla Walla before being airlifted to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle.
“She passed out before being rescued from smoke inhalation and never woke up,” Chip explained.
According to the Walla Walla Fire Department, the cause of the fire is undetermined, but proven to have started outside the home in the backyard.