Downtown Victoria fire
(Photo by Seth Dickinson)

A woman has died after sustaining life-threatening injuries in a downtown Victoria fire.

Just after 6 p.m. on December 25th, Victoria Police responded to reports of a woman who was allegedly armed and causing a disturbance.

She had barricaded herself inside a suite of an apartment building in the 700-block of Pandora Ave when police arrived.

Greater Victoria Emergency Response Team (GVERT) officers were deployed, but by the time they arrived, authorities observed smoke coming from the suite.

Crews from the Victoria Fire Department then extinguished the flames before GVERT officers entered the suite and took the suspect into custody in life-threatening condition.

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She passed away four days later.

In a statement released on December 31st, the Independent Investigations Office (IIO), a police watchdog agency in B.C., announced that the adult female had passed away on December 29th.

The IIO’s investigation into the incident continues.

With files from Brishti Basu.