Woman hurt in Winooski apartment fire has died from her injuries

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Police in Winooski have identified a 62-year-old woman who died two days after she was seriously injured in a fire the Residence at Great Cedars on East Allen Street in Winooski.

Christine Arena was taken to University of Vermont Medical Center on Nov. 11 with life-threatening injuries after firefighters encountered flames and were unable to reach her second-floor apartment.

Vermont State Police and Winooski firefighters have concluded their investigation at the senior complex and have determined the fire was accidental.

The fire was reported at around 7 p.m. at the Residences at Great Cedars on East Allen Street. Winooski Fire Department encountered flames upon arrival, but were able to rescue a resident from a second-floor apartment. The resident was taken to UVM Medical Center, but there was no word on his or her condition.

Winooski Fire Chief John Audy said the injured person’s unit was heavily damaged, along with the apartment directly below it. “One sprinkler head confined the fire to the couch and carpet area of that one unit,” he said. “We have water damage through some of the common areas, which isn’t unusual.”

The fire is not considered suspicious. The complex was briefly evacuated, Audy said.

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