Space heater caused blaze in travel trailed that killed one on Monday, Jan. 9

PHOTO COURTESY OF LT. JERRY COLE  - A fully involved trailer fire in Rainier on Monday, Jan. 9. The fire resulted in the death of one person.One person was killed Monday in a fire that broke out in a travel trailer in a rural area outside of Rainier where the victim had been living.

Columbia River Fire and Rescue crews were dispatched Monday morning, Jan. 9, to an unknown structure fire at 6:09 a.m. on Wonderly Road, several miles northwest of the Rainier city limits.

After arriving, firefighters found a recreational travel trailer fully involved in flames. Once crews were able to get inside the trailer, they discovered a body in a sleeping area. Deputies from the Columbia County Sheriff's Office were called to the scene at 6:40 a.m.

Positive identification of the body was not made at the scene, according to a press release from the Columbia County Sheriff's Office. The body was taken to the Oregon State Medical Examiner's Office for an autopsy. The death is being investigated as accidental.

An investigation into the cause of the fire found that combustibles were located too close to a portable electric heater in the trailer and had ignited. It is unclear if a working smoke detector was in use at the time.

The investigation was completed by a State Fire Marshals deputy and two Oregon State Police fire investigators, with help from CRFR, a release from the fire agency stated.

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