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Wife of fire victim dies in hospital

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JOANNE Parry, 58, the wife of a man who died in a south Osborne house fire on Thursday, has died in hospital.

Her husband, Bert Parry, died Thursday morning after the fire in their Hethrington Avenue home.

A family friend said in an email that Joanne died Thursday afternoon but the official report of the death was made Friday.

Winnipeg police said Friday they were still investigating the blaze and could not say what caused it.

Parry, who was in his 80s, died in the home where he was born.

Joanne had been in critical condition after the early-morning fire tore through their two-storey home.

Joanne's son, Russ Parry, said she died at about 5 p.m. Thursday at Health Sciences Centre.

"Our gratitude goes to the intensive care unit of the Health Sciences Centre for the care they gave to Joanne in the last few hours of her life," the family said in a statement.

The family also thanked firefighters and police service for their work in trying to save Bert and Joanne.

The fire call came in at about 2:55 a.m. for the century-old wood frame house in the 500 block of Hethrington Avenue.

Neighbours said Parry lived almost his whole life in the home where the fire broke out.

-- Alexandra Paul

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition November 24, 2012 B1

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