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FATAL FIRE – A 61-year-old Porter Creek woman died as a result of a house fire on Willow Crescent on Wednesday morning. Yukon coroner Heather Jones identified the deceased this morning as Catherine Rosaire Antaya.

House fire claims woman’s life

A Porter Creek woman died Wednesday as the result of a house fire on Willow Crescent in Porter Creek.

By Chuck Tobin on March 19, 2020

A Porter Creek woman died Wednesday as the result of a house fire on Willow Crescent in Porter Creek.

Coroner Heather Jones identified the decease this morning as 61-year-old Catherine Rosaire Antaya, a longtime resident of Whitehorse.

The lone occupant of the home was transported to Whitehorse General Hospital, where was pronounced deceased, Jones said.

She said the coroner’s service is conducting an investigation with the assistance of the Whitehorse Fire Department and the RCMP.

Whitehorse Fire Chief Jason Everitt said this morning the call came in at 10:50 a.m. Wednesday.

The occupant of the home was removed by firefighters and placed in an ambulance for transport to the hospital.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation by the fire department with assistance from the territorial fire marshal’s office and the RCMP’s forensic unit, he said.

Everitt said there was significant damage to the structure caused by the fire and other damage sustained as a result of the fire suppression efforts.

Seven firefighters were on scene with a couple of pumper trucks and other emergency response vehicles.

The fire chief said they called in additional firefighters to ensure the fire halls were at capacity in case any other emergencies arose.

“Yukon Coroner Services extends our appreciation to Yukon EMS, WFD and the RCMP and our condolences to the family, friends and neighbours of Ms. Antaya,” Jones said in a statement this morning.

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Sandy Helland on Apr 2, 2020 at 6:37 pm

Cathy, you were my best friend for many years. Thank you for being my rock. I miss you dearly.

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Nancy on Mar 20, 2020 at 9:29 am

So sad .... my mom passed while living alone.... reminder to check on those you love daily. RIP

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Susan Blake on Mar 20, 2020 at 4:12 am

May God Bless her with eternal peace and happiness 🙏

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