Osoyoos fire victim dies

The BC Coroners Service confirmed Monday that the woman who was badly burned in an Osoyoos fire on Friday has died.

Deleyne Hunter, aged 52, of Osoyoos, was transported to Vancouver General Hospital for specialized treatment, but succumbed to her injuries the next day states the coroner's report.

Hunter was burned, along with an unidentified man, who also lived in the home, in the duplex fire Friday morning at the intersection of 87th Street and 92nd Avenue in Osoyoos.

Judy Grant, a good friend of Deleyne's dad Henry Hebert, said the family was managing. They remembered her as a very caring person with a smile that would make you laugh. She loved her two cats. One went missing in the fire, and the other died at a vet's office.

Over the years, Hunter worked cleaning houses for elderly people, doing kitchen work in restaurants and in the packinghouse. She also used to clip dogs with her dad.

"We used to love to go out together, dancing and socializing," said Grant. "Everyone is trying to deal with this. It's terrible. She was so young."

Sheldon Hall, identified by neighbours as the other burn victim, is at the burn unit at VGH. He was living in the home with Hunter. His burns were downgraded from 35 per cent to 20 per cent, Grant said.

According to Osoyoos Fire Chief Rick Jones, when he arrived on the scene the fire was burning out the front, and the man and woman were already outside.

They were both badly burned, but local residents were looking after them.

They were transported from the scene by BC Ambulance.

Some neighbours reported they were concerned with the delay in getting ambulances to the scene. RCMP confirmed the Osoyoos EMS were on another call at the time.

It was a hectic scene at South Okanagan General Hospital in Oliver, as paramedics dealt with the two burn victims and another medical emergency. 

Next door neighbour Edgar Scheer, said the flames were so high, that firefighters asked him to leave his home.

He described the couple as nice people and good neighbours.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation.


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