An early morning fire last weekend has claimed the life of a mother of two, the victim’s family has confirmed.
Fire crews responded to the blaze near 90 Avenue and 144 Street on Oct. 11 after a neighbour spotted flames at the back of the house.
An Edmonton Fire Rescue Services news release said two people were taken to hospital. One of the fire’s victims was in serious condition, the release said. A firefighter was also taken to hospital.
Cynthia Cotton died from injuries caused by the fire and her husband Shawn Trojan remains in hospital, family members confirmed online.
A GoFundMe page created for the family on Tuesday had raised over $46,000 as of Thursday evening.
“In the early morning hours, a devastating fire tore through a Parkview home in Edmonton, AB – taking the life of mother of two, Cynthia, and severely injuring her husband, Shawn,” read an accompanying statement from Michelle Cotton, Cynthia Cotton’s sister. “Thankfully, the children were away at a sleepover so Cynthia and Shawn could celebrate their 28 anniversary together on the night of this unimaginable tragedy.”
Edmonton fire investigators have determined the fire was an accident and was caused due to a mechanical failure in the basement. Damages are estimated at $400,000.
Michelle Cotton’s statement says it was thanks to the diligence of her sister and Trojan installing additional smoke detectors when they moved in that Trojan was able to survive.
The post states Cynthia Cotton had been diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis when she was 25 and was unable to receive life insurance. The house and contents were insured but there are no other funds to assist the family.
“The home is not livable and all belongings were lost. Healing from his injuries will be a small part of the road ahead — but finding a new way forward without Cynthia will be the biggest challenge of Shawn’s life,” said Michelle Cotton.
The post says funds are needed for immediate and long-term needs including funeral costs — funeral arrangements have not been made — and urges everyone to make fire plans of their own.
The family extended their thanks to the first responders who attended the fire as well as doctors at the Misericordia Hospital who cared for the couple.
“Thank you for your outpouring of love and support. We are truly overwhelmed at the offers to help, and we are so grateful to have such an amazing community to navigate these uncharted waters,” the post reads.