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Sheriff’s Office weighs in on the Gleneden Beach Fire – “Fire not criminal in nature”

Gleneden Beach fire Saturday night R Whitlow photo

Gleneden Beach fire
Saturday night
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Last Saturday night 911 received multiple calls from citizens reporting a residential fire in the 100 block of Sijota Street, Gleneden Beach. Depoe Bay Fire personnel were immediately dispatched to respond and arrived to find a two story residence fully engulfed in flames.

Early in the response the Depoe Bay Fire District requested assistance from the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office with investigation of the fire as the possibility of two fatalities arose.

Lincoln County Sheriff’s Deputies arrived on scene and learned an adult woman, who had escaped from the residence, was found deceased just outside of the home. In addition, deputies learned a man, who was reported to be living in the home, was last seen inside and had possibly not escaped the fire.

On April 3, 2016, at 1:20 AM, detectives with the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office responded and took charge of the death investigation of the woman. Initial investigation of the woman’s death has shown she likely died from apparent health issues complicated by her evacuation of the residence. The deceased woman has been identified as Audrey L. Dietrick, 60 years of age, from Gleneden Beach. The cause of Dietrick’s death is under investigation by the Lincoln County Medical Examiner.

Depoe Bay Fire District personnel contacted the Oregon State Police Fire Marshals Office and requested assistance with the invesigation.

Sheriff’s Office personnel contacted the American Red Cross who responded to the scene to assist with temporary housing for the survivors of the fire.

On Sunday, investigators with the Oregon State Fire Marshal’s Office and the Oregon State Police Arson Unit responded to the scene for the purpose of potentially recovering human remains and to conduct an investigation to determine the cause of the fire. The scene was searched and an adult’s body was found in what remained of the home. Identification of the body is pending.

Lincoln County Sheriff’s detectives are still conducting a joint investigation with the Office of the Oregon State Fire Marshal and the Oregon State Police Arson Division. The cause of the fire at this time is pending further investigation, however it does not appear to be criminal in nature.

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