Former Bellevue mayor dies after being hurt in apartment fire

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by KING 5 News

KING5.com

Posted on November 19, 2013 at 6:09 PM

Updated Tuesday, Nov 19 at 11:31 PM

Former Bellevue mayor Nan Campbell has died, two weeks after escaping a fire at her apartment building. She was 87.

On Nov. 5, a fire tore through 10 units of the Hampton Green Apartments and sent seven people to the hospital, Campbell included. She was escaping the building when she fell and was injured, according to her daughter, who said her mother passed away Monday night.

Campbell served on the Bellevue City Council before she was elected mayor in 1988 - the city's first female mayor.

Even after retiring from public office, Campbell kept working for her community, serving on the board for Youth Eastside Services

YES Executive Director Patti Skelton-McGougan said Campbell was an inspiration to many women.

"She was just a champion for all the things that we do in human services in the community. She was a strong leader, role model for women like me," she said.

Skelton-McGougan says the community is in shock at the news of Campbell's passing.

"It will be a huge loss without her here," she said.

A criminal investigation into the Hampton Green fire continues. Investigators from the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms are assisting arson investigators from the Bellevue Police Department.

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