Wood Village house fire victim identified; cause under investigation

Multnomah County

Victim not discovered until third search

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — Investigators from the Gresham Fire Department discovered a body early Saturday while looking for the cause of an early morning house fire in Wood Village.

Firefighters were dispatched to a home on Maple Boulevard just before 4 a.m. The responding crew first did a targeted search of the bedrooms until the main body of the fire was knocked.

In their preliminary search, Gresham Fire crews did not find anyone inside the home. Portland Fire later came to assistance and performed a secondary search and confirmed there were no victims in the house as well.

Around 8:15 a.m., however, Gresham Fire released a statement saying investigators had found “a deceased victim while searching for the cause of the fire.”

On Monday, the Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office identified the victim as 48-year-old Daniel John Nemeth.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

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