Woman dead after suspicious Coquitlam apartment fire

Coquitlam RCMP have confirmed that a 37-year-old woman has succumbed to injuries that she sustained during a suspicious apartment complex fire.

37-year-old woman who lived in the suite where the fire started died of her injuries

Nearly 100 residents were forced out of their homes 2:09

Coquitlam RCMP have confirmed that a 37-year-old woman has succumbed to injuries that she sustained during a suspicious apartment complex fire. 

Forty firefighters responded to the two alarm fire in the 1200 block of Howie Avenue in Coquitlam shortly after 4 a.m. PT on Saturday morning.

Police say the fire began in the woman's suite on the second floor and quickly spread to the apartments above. About 100 residents were forced from their homes.

The woman to the Royal Columbian Hospital, but died of her injuries on Sunday, according to police. 

Residents uninjured in the fire spent the day waiting to see if they would be able to return to their homes. Nearly 100 will be spending Saturday night in a hotel and are expected to be allowed to return home Sunday evening. (CBC)

Coquitlam fire department asst. fire Chief Dennis Barron told CBC News on Saturday that police had been called to the woman’s suite several times and that she may have been living with mental illness, and that the fire is suspicious. 

“It’s suspicious because we don’t how it started. There have been some records from RCMP and BC Ambulance that they have been at the suite in the past 24 hours,” Barron says.

The other residents of the building spent taking shelter from the cold temperatures at the Poirier Sports and Leisure Complex and will be put up in a hotel until Sunday evening, when it’s expected that most will be able to return home. 

With files from CBC's Deb Goble

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