A raging fire swept through a Lacey home in the 1200 block of Marvin Road Southeast early Saturday, killing one person while three other adults escaped in time, according to Lacey Fire District 3 Chief Steve Brooks.
The person who died was presumed to be a woman, Thurston County Coroner Gary Warnock said, pending 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 minutes after it was reported about 6 a.m., Brooks said.
Dispatchers also informed fire crews that three people were outside the home but that one person was still inside.
Once on the scene, fire crews found a home that was nearly fully engulfed in flames.
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.
Investigators were on site Saturday afternoon, including Fire District 3 Battalion Chief Tim Hulse, still trying to determine the cause of the fire.
The home, which overlooks Marvin Road, is a two-story, 1,600-square-foot, three-bedroom residence valued at about $200,000, Hulse said.
He said the four people who occupied the home were renting it.
During the fire, one person tried to re-enter the home to save the person inside but was pushed back by the fire, Hulse 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 in an email to The Olympian.Rolf Boone: 360-754-5403 firstname.lastname@example.org