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Beavercreek house fire claims one life

Photo Credit: CLACKAMAS COUNTY FIRE DISTRICT 1 - One person died in a Beavercreek housefire SundayOne person died in an apparent suicide in a house fire in Clackamas County Sunday afternoon.

Black plumes of smoke were visible when firefighters arrived at the scene at about 3:45 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 7, and the house was fully involved, said Brandon Paxton, a spokesman for Clackamas Fire District 1.

Deputies from the Clackamas County Sheriffs Office found one body in the home. It was determined the death was a suicide. Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Nate Thompson said there was a note left for firefighters that warned them to stay back because an accelerant was used to start the fire.

It took 14 fire units and approximately 30 firefighters more than an hour and a half to contain the blaze, keeping the fire from spreading to nearby trees and grass areas. Downed power lines added to the difficulty in fighting the fire.

“Our biggest challenge was water," Paxton said. "This is not a hydrant area. We had about seven water tenders on scene."

The house was located in the 26600 block of S. Beeson Road in Beavercreek. The cause of the fire has not been determined. Clackamas Fire was assisted by Colton Fire Department, Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office and Oregon State Police.

Paxton said CCSO and OSP will assist the county fire investigator and will release details as they become available.