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Identity revealed for Rockford woman in fatal apartment fire

The 48-year-old woman was taken to the hospital and later died from her injuries.
Published: Aug. 23, 2020 at 2:51 PM CDT
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ROCKFORD, Ill. (WIFR) - The Rockford Fire Department responded to the 600 block of Market Street around noon for an apartment fire.

Authorities say neighboring apartments could smell smoke and called 911. When entering crews found a small fire and an unconscious woman.

Kimberly Owen, the 48-year-old Rockford woman, was taken to a local hospital where she later died.

The death is under investigation by the Rockford Fire Department. An autopsy is pending by the Winnebago County Coroner’s Office. Toxicology tests will be available in approximately three weeks, according to Winnebago County Coroner William Hintz.

The damage is only in the one unit and fire crews were able to rescue the family cat. The damages are estimated at $40,000 and the cause is still under investigation.

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