Medical examiner identifies woman who died in Norman wildfire

Officials have confirmed the death of Linda Zoldoske, 67. Her body was found Aug. 5 in her home, which was destroyed by fire.
FROM STAFF REPORTS Modified: August 16, 2012 at 12:01 pm •  Published: August 16, 2012
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— The state medical examiner has identified the victim who died in a Cleveland County wildfire as Linda Zoldoske, 67. The cause of death is burn injuries, the medical examiner reports.

Although officials had not yet matched the remains found at Zoldoske's home with her DNA, her family was confident she had died and held a memorial service Tuesday in Moore.

Zoldoske's body was found Aug. 5 in her wildfire-destroyed home on Bridge Creek Drive near 144th Avenue SE and Cedar Lane.

Wildfires that started Aug. 3 caused damage to more than 100 structures and burned more than 7,900 acres in Cleveland County, fire Deputy Chief Jim Bailey said.

Zoldoske was reportedly preparing to evacuate her home when she was caught in the fast-moving fire.

Hers was the only death reported in a rash of wildfires that burned more than 300 homes in the state.


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