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- A woman in rural northeast Pacific County perished in a house

fire early in the afternoon on Tuesday, Feb. 8.

"margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 12.0px Helvetica;">Pacific

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

Wednesday.

"margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 12.0px Helvetica;">Upon

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.

"margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 12.0px Helvetica;">Duncan

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.

"margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 12.0px Helvetica;">“After

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

assistance.”

"margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 12.0px Helvetica;">A human

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.

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