Multnomah County

Body found day after Troutdale house fire

TROUTDALE, Ore. (KOIN) -- The body of a person was found inside house in Troutdale more than 24 hours after firefighters arrived and found the home engulfed in flames.

Investigators are still trying to determine the cause of the fire that was spotted just after midnight Tuesday morning at the home on Woodard Road near Troutdale. 

Corbett Fire crews arrived around 12:20 a.m. and found the home fully engulfed and the roof starting to fall. Firefighters were able to get the fire under control enough to start searching for a resident a neighbor said was still inside.

It wasn't until Wednesday afternoon the body was discovered.

"Unfortunately things happen," Multnomah County Sheriff's Lt. Marc Shrake said. "Things light on fire, people could either pass away, they try to get out, smoke inhalation, things of that nature. We need to make sure we look at every angle to see what happened."

Authorities believe the body is an adult, but they have not identified a gender. Shrake told KOIN 6 News investigators have been in contact with everyone involved at the residence.

This case is described as a "complex and ongoing investigation" as crews look to determine who died and how the fire started.

KOIN 6 News will update this story as it develops.

 


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