Creston woman dead, identified after Wednesday fire

Published: Wednesday, July 2, 2014 11:07 a.m. CDT • Updated: Thursday, July 3, 2014 11:56 a.m. CDT

A fire damaged a Creston home 12:43 a.m. Wednesday, according to a Creston Fire Department press release.

Creston Fire Department, Creston Police Department and Greater Regional Medical Center responded to 306 S. Division St. for the fire, which was contained to a bedroom.

Jessica Luke, 23, and Carol Coppola, 65, residents of the home, were removed from the structure by emergency personnel. Luke was pronounced dead after being transported to Greater Regional. Coppola was treated and released.

It is unknown if Luke’s death and the fire are directly related.

“We don’t have enough information to make that determination yet,” Creston Assistant Fire Chief Mick Landers said.

Burned mattresses laid in the yard of the house as Creston Fire Chief Todd Jackson, local firefighters and the state fire marshal investigated the cause of the fire Wednesday. Foul play is not suspected.

Landers said there was more smoke damage than flame damage done.

“I would put the damage at approximately $2,000,” Landers said.

Luke’s cause of death and the cause of the fire will be reported pending autopsy results from the state medical examiner’s office. Results are expected to take between two and three weeks.

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