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Selkirk fire victim died trying to escape house

The family of Gloria Sanderson are shocked and saddened by the 51-year old woman's death in an accidental house fire.

Fire victim linked to man whose vehicle plunged into river

The family of Gloria Sanderson are shocked and saddened by the 51-year old woman's death in an accidental house fire.

Link to river crash


Gloria Sanderson's family almost faced two tragedies within hours of each other.

A 40-year-old man, who escaped from the frigid Red River on Tuesday morning, is her nephew.

The man's pickup truck plunged into the river at Lockport, near Selkirk, less than seven hours after Sanderson's body was found.

Emergency crews found him, wet and cold, at the scene. He was taken to hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. 

Fire crews found Sanderson's body in her burned-out house in the city of Selkirk on Monday night.

"They said they found her at the back door trying to get out," said Sanderson's sister, Sandra Hohne.

"But I guess she couldn't get out on account of she only had like one arm she was using because the other one she was going to therapy with it."

Sanderson had recently broken her shoulder in a fall, Hohne said.

She said emergency crews tried to save her, but nothing worked.

RCMP confirmed on Wednesday that the cause of the fire was accidental and Sanderson died of smoke inhalation.

Damage from the blaze is estimated at $175,000. Police say there was no smoke detector in the house at the time of the fire.

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