Lacey fire leaves one dead; three others escape

Staff writerNovember 9, 2013 

A raging fire swept through a Lacey home in the 1200 block of Marvin Road S.E. early Saturday morning, killing one person while another three adults escaped the burning home in time, according to Lacey Fire District 3 Chief Steve Brooks.

The person who died in the fire is presumed to be a woman, Thurston County Coroner Gary Warnock said, although he is waiting for a positive identification through dental records.

“Forensically, we have to prove it,” he said.

Lacey Fire crews, with assistance from Olympia and East Olympia fire units, responded to the blaze after it was first reported just before 6 a.m. Saturday, Brooks said.

Once on scene, fire crews found a home that was nearly fully engulfed in flames. They also were alerted to the fact that one person was still in the home.

The main body of the fire was under control in 20 minutes and was completely out within 30 to 40 minutes, Brooks said.

“The fire was heavily involved and that’s what made it difficult to access the victim,” he said.

The three people who escaped were all adults, Brooks said.

Red Cross sent a team of volunteers to offer food, clothing and comfort to the three people affected by the fire, spokesman Stuart Smith said.

Investigators were on site Saturday afternoon, still trying to determine the cause of the fire, Brooks said.

 

Rolf Boone rboone@theolympian.com 360-754-5403

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