By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter
CHEHALIS – A fire investigator is emphasizing the importance of working smoke detectors after a house fire this morning with a fatality in Packwood.
Smoke detectors save lives, Fire Investigator Derrick Paul wrote in all capital letters in a message today.
Paul was called out this morning to the single-family home on the 12900 block of U.S. Highway 12. The Packwood Fire Department responded to the approximately 5:20 a.m. call and found the residence fully engulfed in flames.
When Paul arrived, the blaze was knocked down for the most part, he said. The double-wide modular home is behind the Chevron gas station, he said.
“It’s a complete loss, there’s not a lot left,” he said.
One person was found dead inside, according to Paul.
The Lewis County Coroner’s Office was requested, and a sheriff’s detective joined the fire investigator to assist in processing the scene.
The Lewis County Sheriff’s Office says the 57-year-old man who lives there could not be accounted for and while the identity of the deceased has not been established, they believe it is him.
The cause isn’t yet known, but Paul said he had a couple of leads he was following.
No smoke detectors were found at the home, according to Paul.
For background, read “News brief: Packwood home catches fire” from Tuesday December 20, 2016, here