Woman saved from Nowthen fire dies

The woman rescued from her burning Nowthen home Sept. 25 has died.

Diann Evans, 64, who had been at Hennepin County Medical Center since the fire, died Nov. 24.

Mark Poce and Michael Coolidge were both driving when they saw smoke and flames coming from a home on the 195th block of Nowthen Boulevard N.W.

Each man pulled over and ran to the burning home, checking to see if anyone was inside.

While Poce dialed 911, Coolidge broke a glass window, reached in and unlocked the door.

He saw a white sock and ran into the home, pulling the woman outside.

Both men gave aid to the woman, who was badly burned and suffering from smoke inhalation.

Coolidge, as well, suffered smoke inhalation.

Poce remained on the line with dispatch, providing aid to both the woman and Coolidge until first responders arrived on scene.

As a result of their actions, Coolidge and Poce received the Citizen Award of Honor from the Anoka County Sheriff’s Office Oct. 15.

“These two men are indeed heroes,” said Anoka County Sheriff James Stuart at the ceremony.

Kelly Johnson is at kelly.johnson@ecm-inc.com

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