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- A woman in rural northeast Pacific County perished in a house
fire early in the afternoon on Tuesday, Feb. 8.
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County Sheriff's deputies and district fire personnel were
dispatched to an active residential structure fire in the 2900
block of North River Road after a call came into the Pacific County
Communications Center, Sheriff's Capt. Pat Matlock said
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arriving at the scene, responders found that the residence had been
fully involved and destroyed. Further investigation at the scene by
responders revealed that just before the fire, the residence had
been occupied by a person identified as Tiffanie Duncan, 47, and
her adult daughter, Valerie Boisen.
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had previous existing health issues that left her somewhat
disabled, Matlock said. Boisen was helping care for her mother.
Responders learned that Boisen and her mother were in the residence
when Boisen heard a noise coming from the kitchen area. Boisen
apparently went to investigate the noise and observed a large
amount of smoke coming from the laundry-room area.
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discovering the smoke, Boisen went back to assist her mother out of
the residence, Matlock said. Boisen attempted to rescue her
mother but was overcome by the heavy smoke in the residence. Boisen
went outside to gain air and attempted to return inside the
residence to save her mother but was once again overcome by the
heavy smoke. Boisen was able to escape and call for
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body, believed to be Tiffanie Duncan, was discovered within the
remains of the residence by investigators, Matlock said. The scene
was turned over to the Pacific County Coroner's Office and positive
identification of the victim is still pending. Valerie Boisen was
transported to Grays Harbor Community Hospital for treatment of
suspected smoke inhalation and minor burns.