EUREKA — The Eureka woman who died in a fire in her apartment with her dog early Sunday morning has been identified as 51-year-old Tracy Reese-Sturgeon.

Woodford County Coroner Tim Ruestman said preliminary autopsy results indicate she died of carbon monoxide intoxication. Toxicology results are pending, he said on Wednesday.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation, but Ruestman said the fire appears to be accidental. His office, the State Fire Marshal and the Eureka-Goodfield Fire Protection District are involved in the investigation.

District firefighters were called to Woodridge Apartments, 701 E. Bullock St., for the reported fire around 3:20 a.m. Sunday, said Eureka Fire Chief Craig Neal.

Firefighters had the fire under control within minutes and the fire damage was limited to one apartment. The rest of the four-unit building had some smoke damage, Neal said.

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.

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