Walla Walla woman improves to serious condition following house fire; cause undetermined

A Walla Walla woman who’s been recovering from injuries sustained in a house fire last week has been downgraded from critical to serious condition, according to Harborview Medical Center spokeswoman Susan Gregg.

Denise Lowell, 56, was one of two people who was rescued from the burning home at 622 W. Poplar St on June 6 in the early hours of the morning. The other occupant did not suffer significant injuries.

On Monday, Walla Walla Fire inspector Timothy Thompson told KAPP-KVEW that the fire started somewhere in the backyard, but he was not able to determine an exact cause.

Thompson said there no smoke detectors inside the house.

As of Monday morning, Lowell is in the intensive care unit at Harborview in Seattle.

A donation fund has been set up at Umpqua Bank on West Rose Street and North Ninth Avenue. To donate, just say you’d like to contribute to the Chip and Denise Fire Fund.

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