One person was found deceased following a fire at a residence off East Sequim Bay Road in the early morning hours of Wednesday, Aug. 2, according to Clallam County Fire District 3 officials.
Peninsula Communications (PenCom) was alerted to the single-story structure fire on the 300 block of Blue Grouse Lane at about 6:30 a.m. Fire District 3 interim chief Dan Orr said the structure was fully involved while firefighters were on scene.
Forty-four-year-old Brian J. Long was found deceased in the structure, according to the Clallam County Sheriff’s Office.
“Detectives, in cooperation with District 3 fire investigators [were] able to determine the fire was accidental and there is no suspicion of foul play,” sheriff’s office representatives said in a press release.
Two people who were in the home at the time of the fire were treated with smoke related injuries but declined transport for further evaluation, district representatives said.
Several people were inside the house at the time of the fire, Orr said.
“[The building is] way off Sequim Bay Road; it took quite a while for us to get there,” he said.
In an Aug. 2 District 3 press release, officials said the first arriving unit did not enter the structure immediately “as the building was untenable for firefighters to search, due to a lack of structural integrity, as the roof of the home had collapsed.”
Orr noted that district personnel responded to a call for CPR — not the fire’s victim — at the same property three days ago.
“There are a number of people living there on this piece of property,” he said.
The American Red Cross was notified of the displaced family and will coordinate with the local chapter to assist, district officials said.
Six units, a battalion chief, Olympic Ambulance and a total of 20 firefighters were on scene, the district reported, while Clallam County Fire District 2 and volunteers provided coverage of the Sequim area during the incident response.