Person found dead after Tigard house fire
Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue firefighters discovered a deceased person in a Tigard home following a fire in the 11000 block of Southwest 109th Avenue on Tuesday, March 24.
According to a TVF&R news release, firefighters were called to the home just after noon, arriving four minutes later to attack the fire in the two-story house, which was already engulfed in flames.
At the same time, other firefighters worked their way inside the house to tackle hot spots and conduct a search with their search efforts hampered by an extensive amount of clutter and smoke, fire officials said.
Inside they discovered an unresponsive person in the kitchen. However, officials aren't sure if the person died before or after the fire started.
Investigators will be doing an investigation to determine how the cause of the fire, and the Washington County medical examiner will conduct a death investigation.
This is the second fatal fire in the area in four days.
On Friday, March 20, an accidental fire took the life of a Durham woman. Firefighters say that blaze was caused by smoking near an oxygen source, which resulted in several explosions in a residence on Southwest Chaucer Court.
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