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Investigation ongoing into cause of deadly fire, including involvement from OSP and federal ATF

SCAPPOOSE FIRE DISTRICT - A fire at a triple-wide house on Chapman Road resulted in one dead early Thursday morning, Feb. 13.

Updated Feb. 21

One person was found dead after a house fire in the early morning of Thursday, Feb. 13. Scappoose Fire District responded to a report of a structure fire at 28313 Chapman Road in Scappoose around 2:47 a.m.

Upon arrival, first-responders found a triple-wide manufactured home with heavy smoke on the front side of the structure and large flames on the rear side, a press release issued by the fire district on Feb. 14 stated. The structure was fully engulfed.

Firefighters "used defensive tactics to put the fire out due to the fire involvement and partial roof collapse," the press release explained.

The response time was approximately 15 minutes due to the rural nature of the location, the release states.

Once personnel were able to control the fire, crews located one person who was deceased.

Scappoose Fire District's fire investigation team along with the Columbia County Sheriff's Office, Oregon State Fire Marshal, Oregon State Police and the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms and Explosives are conducting an investigation surrounding the cause of the fire and the person found deceased inside, states the Feb. 14 release.

Scappoose Fire responded with, two chief officers,

13 firefighters, two water tenders, one engine, one squad vehicle, one support vehicle as well as the Scappoose Fire District's fire investigation team.

Mist-Birkenfeld also responded with one water tender.

As of Thursday, Feb. 20, investigators had not released the identity of the deceased. The home was owned by a 76-year-old woman who passed away in March 2019.

As of press time Thursday, Chief Deputy Ryan Murphy of the Columbia County Sheriff's Office had not responded to questions about the investigation.

SCAPPOOSE FIRE DISTRICT - Firefighters respond to a house fire on Chapman Road on Thursday, Feb. 13.


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