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Kokomo woman dies after apartment fire, police & fire marshal now investigating

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Posted at 4:09 PM, Nov 03, 2022
and last updated 2022-11-03 18:51:17-04

KOKOMO — The Kokomo Police Department is investigating a woman's death after she was pulled from an apartment on fire.

The fire happened around 3:30 p.m. Wednesday in the 2100 block of Joyce Drive East.

A Howard County Sheriff's Deputy pulled Tonya Bergen-Rowe of Kokomo out of the burning apartment, but she died at the scene.

Coroner Steven J. Seele says initial autopsy findings show her death was a result of inhalation and thermal injuries from the fire.

The final cause and manner of death are pending toxicology and lab results.

The origin and cause of the fire is being investigated by the Kokomo Fire Department and the Indiana State Fire Marshal’s Office, while police are investigating the death in cooperation with the other agencies.

Anyone with additional information is asked to contact Detective Brent Wines at (765) 456-7342 or the Kokomo Police Department Hotline at (765) 456-7017.