UPDATE: Osoyoos woman dies in duplex fire

Fire gutted this home in the 8700 block of 92nd Avenue in Osoyoos Friday, Jan. 17, 2014. The couple living there were rushed to hospital badly burned and in critical condition.
Image Credit: Oliver Daily News/Jack Bennest

MAN IN STABLE CONDITION

OSOYOOS – A man and woman were rushed to hospital after they were severely burned in a fire at a duplex in Osoyoos Friday morning, but the woman has since died while the main remains in serious condition.

The Osoyoos Fire Department was called to the blaze in the 8700 block of 92 Avenue at about 9 a.m. When they arrived the house was engulfed in flames, according to the RCMP.

The couple was taken by ambulance to hospital in Oliver. The man was airlifted to Kelowna General Hospital, while the woman, identified as Deleyne Hunter, 52 of Osoyoos, was flown to hospital in Vancouver where she succumbed to her injuries the following day.

The man, Sheldon Hall, 41, is currently in stable but serious condition. He is now at the Vancouver General Hospital burn unit. Hall sustained serious burns to 35 per cent of his body.

The home was left gutted by the fire.

No word yet on the cause of the blaze but the Osoyoos RCMP have said it appeared to have started accidentally.

To contact the reporter for this story, email halexander@infotelnews.ca or call 250-491-0331.

— This story was updated 3:37 p.m. January 20, 2014 to include information released by the B.C. Coroners Service.

— This story was updated 2:40 p.m. January 20, 2014 to include the status of the second victim as reported by the Osoyoos RCMP.

A BC Air Ambulance helicopter lands in Oliver to airlift the victims of an an Osoyoos house fire on Friday, Jan. 18, 2014. The couple, who were badly burned, were taken by ambulance to hospital in Oliver before they were airlifted, one to Kelowna and one to Vancouver.
A BC Air Ambulance helicopter lands in Oliver to airlift the victims of an an Osoyoos house fire on Friday, Jan. 18, 2014. The couple, who were badly burned, were taken by ambulance to hospital in Oliver before they were airlifted, one to Kelowna and one to Vancouver.
Image Credit: Oliver Daily News/Jack Bennest

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