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36-year-old Middletown woman died in East Roosevelt house fire, according to police

Posted 3/21/18

The woman rescued from a house fire in the 200 block of East Roosevelt Avenue in Middletown on Monday afternoon has died.

Katina Nicol Wilkerson, 36, died Tuesday evening, March 20, at the Lehigh …

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36-year-old Middletown woman died in East Roosevelt house fire, according to police

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The woman rescued from a house fire in the 200 block of East Roosevelt Avenue in Middletown on the afternoon of March 19 has died.

Katina Nicol Wilkerson, 36, died Tuesday evening, March 20, at the Lehigh Valley Burn Center in Allentown, said Officer Mark Laudenslager, borough police spokesman.

Firefighters went in to rescue Wilkerson and brought her out through a window that had been broken.

Borough police, other firefighters, and Emergency Medical Service personnel helped pull her through the window and out of the burning house at 208 E. Roosevelt Ave.

Wilkerson was first taken to the Milton S. Hershey Penn State Medical Center, and then transferred to the Lehigh Valley Burn Center.

Borough police helped rescue a cat and a dog from the house. A second cat later was found in the house by the owner of the property. All three animals survived, Laudenslager said.

The fire is under investigation. Investigators believe a resident of the house placed a cigarette butt in a coffee tin which was being used as an ash tray. The tin was on a hand rail directly above the recycling container in the carport attached to the house.

The tin was either blown or knocked off the rail and landed in the plastic container, starting the fire, investigators believe.

A fund drive has been started on Facebook to raise money for Wilkerson’s 8-year-old son, Malachi. Go to www.facebook.com/donate/227881317774847.

An autopsy to determine the cause of her death has been conducted by the Lehigh County Coroner's office, an official told the Press & Journal on Friday. Results were not available.