Woman dies in house fire near Whitehorse
Building destroyed despite efforts of 4 fire departments and neighbours
Donna Tull, 69, died in a house fire on the Old Alaska Highway near Whitehorse Monday.
Investigators say early indications suggest the fire was accidental, and that so far, they have not found anything suspicious.
Yukon Fire Marshal Dennis Berry said neighbours jumped into action when they spotted smoke.
"Quite a number of neighbours came out to assist and we are quite appreciative of a neighbourhood that cares," he said.
The home was somewhat remote and well away from any others on a rural residential property on the Old Alaska Highway.
Berry said 20 volunteers from the Ibex Valley, Golden Horn and Hootalinqua fire departments were joined by crews from the City of Whitehorse but weren't able to save the home or the woman who lived there.
"The home was fully engulfed in flames," he said. "The building itself was completely destroyed."
Berry said they did what they could to cool down fuel and propane tanks near the home, but there was little else they could do.
Berry said it appears a cat and a dog also died in the fire.
Investigators have located the area where the fire started, and they are still working to determine how the fire started.