Person found dead in remains of house fire
Police and the county medical examiner are investigating the cause of a death after a body was discovered in a house destroyed by a fire near Springdale on Tuesday, July 10.
Corbett Fire Crews responded to a house fire at 12:12 a.m. at 30245 E. Woodard Road, said Corbett Fire Chief Dave Flood. Although Corbett Fire crews had the fire under control in about 20 minutes, they spent 24 hours on scene investigating and searching the house because they suspected that a victim may have been inside the house.
While on scene, witnesses told Corbett firefighters that there was usually someone inside the house at that time of night.
Without finding anyone, Corbett Fire crews turned over the investigation and search to the Oregon State Fire Marshal's Office and the Gresham Fire Department.
"We assisted them until about midnight (on July 11), and started again yesterday, and they found the body," Flood said.
Multnomah County Sheriff's Office detectives, and the Multnomah County Medical Examiner's Office are in charge of the death investigation.
The house was on a five-acre parcel, Flood said. The fire caused approximately $250,000 in damage to the home, and the house is considered a total loss.
Corbett Fire dispatched three engines and two water tenders to respond to the fire.
"It was just a typical house fire on the front end," Flood said.
The Outlook will update the story as more details are released.