EUREKA – The woman who died in a fire in her apartment along with her dog in the early morning hours of Sunday has been identified as 51-year-old Tracy Reese-Sturgeon. According to Woodford County Coroner Tim Ruestman, preliminary autopsy results indicate she died of carbon monoxide intoxication. He added toxicology results are pending.
The cause of the fire remains under investigation, but Ruestman stated the fire appears to be accidental. His office, the State Fire Marshal and the Eureka-Goodfield Fire Protection District are involved in the investigation.
According to Eureka Fire Chief Craig Neal, District firefighters were called to Woodridge Apartments, 701 E. Bullock St., for the reported fire around 3:20 a.m. Firefighters had the fire under control within minutes and damage was limited to one apartment. The rest of the four-unit building had some smoke damage.
Reese-Sturgeon was pronounced dead at 6:10 a.m. at Advocate Eureka Hospital.
Other residents of the building were assessed for smoke inhalation, but none were taken to the hospital.