OCEAN PARK, Wash. - The cause of a fire Saturday morning in which a 75-year-old Klipsan Beach resident died remains under investigation.
Firefighters who extinguished the blaze at a home on 171st Street discovered the body of Erma Grandchamp inside.
According to Pacific County Sheriff's reports, Grandchamp, who lived alone, was pronounced dead at the scene.
"Because there was a fatality, we involved our investigators as well as the Sheriff's Office," Thomas O'Donohue, Pacific County District 1 Fire Chief said today. He said an autopsy report has not been completed.
Neighbor J.B. Brown said Grandchamp had lived there for about four years and was very independent. She only recently allowed him to start mowing her lawn. Brown said the home had a wood-burning stove.
Investigators spent most of Saturday at the scene examining the shell of the structure. The inside of the home appeared burned out and charred.
At 1:52 a.m. Sunday morning, firefighters were called back to the scene to discover the structure fully involved. Despite their efforts, what was left was destroyed.