UPDATE: Victim of fire at senior complex identified

By: Michael Stevens Email
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UPDATED Friday, January 10, 2014 --- 11:29 p.m.

WAUNAKEE, Wis. (AP) -- The Dane County sheriff's office says investigators cannot determine what caused a fire at a housing complex that killed a woman.

Fifty-six-year-old Raeanne Tucker died when fire broke out at a 16-unit complex in the Village of Waunakee Wednesday night.

The medical examiner ruled Tucker's death accidental. Investigators spent most of the day at the scene Thursday.

Copyright 2014: Associated Press

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UPDATED Friday, January 10, 2014 --- 1:27 p.m.

Investigators have not been able to determine the cause of a fire at a Waunakee housing complex that left a woman dead.

The Wednesday night fire at 410 O'Malley St. claimed the life of 56-year-old Raeanne Tucker.

Investigators spent the majority of the day Thursday on scene, but have concluded that the cause cannot be determined.

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UPDATED Friday, January 10, 2014 --- 11:12 a.m.

WAUNAKEE, Wis. (AP) -- The Dane County Medical Examiner's Office has identified the woman killed in a fire at a housing complex.

Fifty-six-year-old Raeanne Tucker died when fire broke out at a 16-unit complex in the Village of Waunakee Wednesday night.

The medical examiner ruled Tucker's death accidental.

Copyright 2014: Associated Press

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UPDATED Friday, January 10, 2014 --- 10:36 a.m.

The Dane Co. Medical Examiner's Office has identified the woman who died Wednesday night in a fire in Waunakee as 56-year-old Raeanne Tucker.

The fire happened in the 400 block of O'Malley St.

Preliminary autopsy findings show that Tucker died from injuries sustained in the fire.

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UPDATED: Thursday, January 9, 2014 --- 6:30 p.m.

Waunakee --- Genevieve Pike, is picking up her sisters belongings, from a 16-unit senior apartment building.

"My sister has very limited vision, and it's even worse at night, so she had to have help getting out of her apartment," said Pike.

It's daylight now, but it was much darker last night.

"One unit, had a fire within, one person sorry to say, is dead on the scene," said Chief Gary Acker, with the Waunakee Fire Department.

Monsignor James Gunn, is the head of St. John the Baptist Church, and spent the evening helping the other 15 people displaced at the Waunakee fire house.

"They were making sure people had their medications, and trying to make sure they had contact with families, and friends," said Monsignor Gunn.

"When I showed up, the EMS and the fire department were there talking to the people, and keeping them calm," said Pike.

Five people spent the night at a local hotel. While others stayed with family, like Genevieve.

While the Red Cross is stepping in to help throughout the weekend, residents are just wondering when they can go back?

"She wants to go home. She's asking when she can go home, and I'm saying, I'm just trying to find out, and right now there are no answers," said Pike.

The property mangers of the complex released a statement. A portion of it reads, "WMC is working with the local Red Cross to accommodate residents having to vacate their homes and hope to have a schedule soon for their return."

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UPDATED Thursday, January 8, 2014 --- 11:12 a.m.

Dane Co. deputies say a 56-year-old woman died after a fire Wednesday evening in Waunakee.

Police were called to a 16-unit apartment building at 410 O'Malley Street around 8:06 p.m.

Crews arrived to find the building engulfed in flames.

Along with the death, a 65-year-old resident was taken to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

About 10-15 other residents were evacuated. They are either staying with family members or at a hotel provided by a local church.

Investigators believe the building sustained at least $100,000 in damage.

Information on the cause of the fire will be released once the investigation is complete.

The Dane Co. Medical Examiner will release the identity of the woman who died following an autopsy.

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UPDATED: Wednesday, January 8, 2014---10:38 p.m.

The Waunakee Fire Chief has confirmed at least one person has died in a fire at a senior living facility in the Village of Waunakee.

Emergency crews were called to the 400 block of O'Malley Street, just after 8 p.m., to a structure fire. As of right now the 400 block of O'Malley Street has been blocked off between 3rd and 4th Street.

Extra departments had to be called in due to the frigid weather.

Fire officials tells NBC 15 that two other people were sent to the hospital, but their conditions are unknown.

Fire officials also believe that a kitchen fire was the cause.

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Posted: Wednesday, January 8, 2014--- 8:59 p.m.

Dane Co. dispatch has confirmed at least one person has died in a fire in the Village of Waunakee.

Emergency crews were called to the 400 block of O'Malley Street, just after 8 p.m., to a structure fire. As of right now, the 400 block of O'Malley Street has been blocked off between 3rd and 4th Street.

Dane Co. dispatch say they believe there are other injuries at the scene, but were unable to comment on the number of people hurt at this time.


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