Woman injured in downtown Squamish house fire dies

Mélissande Thomas succumbed to her injuries over the weekend

The woman who was injured in a fire that ripped through a Squamish home on June 28 has died from her injuries.

Mélissande Thomas died this past weekend.

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"I will love you forever my sweet, sweet Mélissande. You are an angel amongst the angels now. We spent the best two years of our lives together, and I will be forever grateful to have had you in my life," wrote her partner, Michael Fredrick Marlow on Facebook. " As short as it was, we did so many wonderful things together. Rest In Peace my beautiful Melissande."

Thomas had been in hospital in Vancouver in the ICU since the fire.

Squamish Fire responded to the scene at the 38000 block of Fourth Avenue around 2 a.m. on June 28 to find the house ablaze.

 Flames also spread to a neighbouring home to the left of the fire, which sustained extensive damage.

Eight people who were in the second house, including The Squamish Chief reporter Steven Chua, exited before the flames began to spread. The family and Chua were uninjured, but were unable to return to their home and have since found alternative housing.

RCMP said Tuesday the investigation into what caused the fire is ongoing and officers continue to work with Squamish Fire Rescue on the file.

The BC Coroners Service takes over the investigation into the death.

“It is with great sadness that we heard today of the passing of Ms. Thomas, a local Squamish resident who succumbed to her injuries from the fire in her home in late June. Squamish has had far too many tragedies this summer, and our hearts are heavy with the loss of so many bright lights. Our deepest condolences go out to Ms. Thomas’ family and friends as they come to terms with their loss,” said Mayor Patricia Heintzman.

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