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Bellevue’s first female mayor, Nan Campbell, died Tuesday, two weeks after she was injured while escaping a fire at her apartment building.

Campbell, 87, died at Overlake Medical Center, where she was being treated for complications related to her fall in the Nov. 5 fire that may have been caused by a drug-related explosion in another apartment.

The exact cause of her death wasn’t immediately known, said her daughter, Patty Campbell.

Nan Campbell, an East Bellevue community activist before serving two terms on the City Council, was elected by her fellow council members to serve as mayor in 1988 and 1989.

Described by former colleagues as “stately” and “gracious,” Campbell played a major role in pushing the City Council to do more to provide human services, create affordable housing and protect neighborhoods adjacent to a fast-growing downtown.

Bellevue police say the fire remains under investigation.

Police spokeswoman Carla Iafrate would not say how the former mayor’s death would impact the investigation. While police have not yet released a cause for the fire, a law-enforcement source said they were investigating whether it was caused by someone cooking a cannabis-related product.

Witnesses reported a loud boom before a fire erupted at The Hampton Greens, in the 4500 block of 148th Avenue Northeast, around 6:30 a.m.

Patty Campbell said her mother fell and injured her pelvis after going back into her apartment to retrieve a purse and clothing.