Body found inside burning Bethany-area house
Firefighters found a body in a burning house in Bethany on Thursday, March 14. The identity of the 64-year-old man is being withheld at this time.
Just before 6 a.m., neighbors reported smoke and flames coming from a single-family home in the 17300 block of Northwest Meadow Grass Drive in the Bethany neighborhood, part of unincorporated Washington County north of Beaverton.
When neighbors tried to alert the occupant, they were met with thick black smoke and confirmed the interior of the home was on fire.
Firefighters from Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue responding to the scene found the home filled with smoke with fire near the back of the home. The first crew from Somerset Fire Station arrived within six minutes of being dispatched and began extinguishing the fire. They located a body. No other occupants were found in the home.
A fire investigator is working to determine the cause of the fire and a Washington County medical examiner will verify the cause of death. Washington County Sheriff's Office is supporting the investigation and provided traffic control during the fire.