BEAVERTON, Ore. (KOIN) — A Vietnam war veteran died early Thursday morning after his house in the Bethany neighborhood caught fire.
Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue said crews responded to the fire at 17350 NW Meadow Grass Dr. shortly before 6 a.m. — minutes after they received calls from neighbors.
Firefighters were able to knock down the flames quickly, which was contained to one room. Two minutes later, crews found the body inside the same room, but didn’t specify which one.
Neighbors are heartbroken and told KOIN 6 News the 64-year-old man living in the house was a veteran and lived alone.
“It’s very sad,” next door neighbor Mo Rezaiyan said. “Maybe he had no smoke detectors…it’s really sad.”
Fire officials said fatal fires are hard on their firefighters too.
“I think it’s always solemn for them,” TVF&R PIO Lydia Woodman said. “I think it’s a good time to reflect on your family members and your own life and it’s always difficult — whatever the cause is.”
The causes of the fire and death are still under investigation. However, investigators said it appears accidental and may involve a cigarette.