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Woman dead in fire at Sudden Valley home, Whatcom Co. sheriff, medical examiner say

A woman is dead after a fire at her home on Horseshoe Circle early Saturday, said Whatcom County Sheriff Bill Elfo and Dr. Gary Goldfogel, the county medical examiner.

Elizabeth Wilkenson, 58, was unable to escape and suffocated, Goldfogel said after an autopsy Saturday evening.

The fire at 16 Horseshoe Circle happened sometime after 1 a.m., Elfo said. Two others inside the house were able to escape, he added. They were taken to St. Joseph hospital to be treated for smoke inhalation and burns. Information on their names and ages was not immediately available.

Investigators with the Whatcom County Fire Marshal’s Office and the sheriff’s office were working together to determine the cause of the fire, Elfo said.

The Sudden Valley home was still standing after the fire. There did not appear to be any investigators at the house around 2 p.m. Saturday, but yellow tape extended across the front of the home. Parts of the home’s front-facing siding were blackened from smoke.

No other information was released Saturday.

Kyle Mittan: 360-756-2803, @KyleMittan

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