Woman Rescued By Good Samaritan In Sept. Fire Dies

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — A woman who was rescued from a Nowthen, Minn. fire by a total stranger in September has died from her injuries.

The woman, later identified as 64-year-old Diann Evans, died Saturday around 2:15 p.m. from complications from the injuries she suffered in a house fire on Sept. 25.

Evans had been rescued from the fire from a man who was on his way to work, when he saw smoke. Mike Coolidge called 911 and then drove to the house on fire.

No one answered when he banged on the door. Through a window, Coolidge saw feet and realized the woman who lived there had collapsed by a backdoor. What happened next for Coolidge is still a haze. Scratches on his hands and broken glass by the door lead firefighters to believe he broke a window.

Coolidge carried the woman out of the house before firefighters arrived on scene.

The Ramsey Fire Department and Hennepin County Medical Examiner will continue to investigate the fire — and the woman’s death.


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