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Meridian woman who died from injuries in Oct. 19 fire identified

The name of a Meridian woman who died a few days after a fire at her home two weeks ago was released Monday by the Ada County Coroner’s Office.

Debra J. Thacker suffered fatal injuries in the house fire, which was in the1800 block of Northwest 13th Avenue. The fire was reported at 9:14 p.m.

The 56-year-old died of carbon monoxide poisoning on Oct. 23, the coroner said in a release Monday. The manner of death was listed as accidental.

Firefighters arrived to find flames in the attic and, after entering the home, in a back bedroom. Thacker was transported to the hospital in critical condition.

Twenty-two emergency responders responded to the fire..

The cause of the fire is undetermined.

The fire originated in the master bedroom, and the flames were confined to that room, Meridian Fire Deputy Chief of Prevention Perry Palmer said Monday.

There was significant heat and smoke damage throughout the house. The smoke detectors were melted, so investigators were unable to determine if they were operating at the time of the fire.

The door to the bedroom was open, and Thacker was found in the dining room.

“It appears that she was trying to escape, or trying to extinguish the fire. We’re not able to determine which,” Palmer said. “There was evidence of her moving around within the residence.”

“It’s very easy to be disoriented very quickly,” Palmer said. “Make sure that you have working smoke detectors, and if they go off — and you see or detect smoke — get out of the house as soon as possible.”

Katy Moeller: 208-377-6413, @KatyMoeller

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