A body was discovered at the scene of a house fire in East Aberdeen this morning. Fire Chief Tom Hubbard said at the scene, “There is one fatality inside. The person was found on the initial search unknown any details at this time.” We’ll get more details about the body from the coroner’s office.
The fire was reported just after 8 am Thursday morning, in the 600 block of East 2nd street. Hubbard said, “We received fire tones for a house with smoke and flames showing. Initial response of 6 firefighters we had 2 out on a medical call at the time. When the battalion chief arrived on scene [they] immediately went to a second alarm. Hoquiam was already coming on the initial automatic. Probably 16 total firefighters on scene, chief and assistant chief. The house is a total loss.”
While there was no power to the building, the Grays Harbor PUD arrived and used a bucket truck to cut the lines from the pole.
Fire crews kept the flames contained to the two-story building this morning. They had to break open boarded up windows to get to the second floor after the fire worked it’s way through the inside of the building.
Initial fire ground operations consisted of a transitional fire attack. After knocking down the fire, fire crews made entry and found a deceased occupant.
It took 26 firefighters responding in 1 command Unit, 4 Engines, 1 Ladder Truck, 3 Medic Units and 2 Chief Officers just over an hour to bring the fire under control. 1 firefighter received a shoulder injury while working to extinguish this fire.
The structure, which was built in 1901, was valued at $10,194 and is a total loss. The neighboring house received approximately $1,000 in damage.
Hubbard didn’t have a known cause of the fire yet and said the cause of the fire is currently under investigation by the Aberdeen Police and Fire Departments.