UPDATE | East Stroudsburg apartment fire victim died from health issue

East Stroudsburg woman found dead after apartment fire

UPDATE (1/11/19): The Monroe County coroner says 63-year-old Debra Gryczko was the woman found dead after Thursday's fire in East Stroudsburg.

According to the coroner, Gryczko passed away due to a health issue before the fire.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation.


ORIGINAL STORY: A fire in East Stroudsburg left one woman dead.

It happened at Shirley Futch Plaza apartment complex around 9 a.m., according to authorities.

Valerie Rios lives in the apartment right next to the one where flames broke out. She said she could see smoke billowing through the hallway.

"I heard her alarm, I heard it and it came up to me so I had to run out of my apartment quickly to get out," she said.

Officials say the fire was contained to the bedroom of the apartment.

The building was quickly evacuated. Residents were concerned that everyone got out alright.

"People were looking around to see who was missing and they would knock on doors, so everybody cooperated really well," said Carmen Leon, Rios' mother.

"My neighbor she was like, she didn't feel the fire or nothing because people had to go in quickly to check on her," Rios recalled.

Rios' neighbor was later found dead.

As those who knew her mourn the loss, the smell of smoke continues to linger.

"It's still there," said Leon. "[In] the hallway the minute you walk in, the lobby."

The Pennsylvania State Police Fire Marshal says the fire isn't being investigated as suspicious.

While there's no word yet on what caused it, people FOX56 spoke to said there were some concerns.

"People always worry about the residents who smoke in their apartments."

Leon is just thankful the loss wasn't greater.

"It's sad. Especially the way it happened," she remarked. "Something like this could happen to anybody."

The Monroe County coroner says an autopsy will be performed tomorrow to find out if the fire was the cause of the woman's death.

Officials say that while some residents were temporarily displaced during the evacuation, they have since been cleared to go back to their apartments.

The name of the woman who died has not yet been released.

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