Probe into fatal vehicle fire continues

Police withhold victim's identity until notification of relatives

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A female died in a fire in a garage in Ridgeview Sunday, although police are not releasing the name or age of the victim until relatives have been notified.

Craig Police Sgt. Marvin Cameron said police were dispatched to a structure fire at 3851 West Sixth Street at 3:30 p.m. Sunday.

"It turned out to be a car fire in a garage," Cameron said.

In a press release today, police reported neighbors heard an explosion. The garage door had been removed by neighbors, who had the fire "95 percent" under control when firefighters arrived, according to Craig Fire/Rescue Chief Roy Mason.

Mason said he was immediately informed that there was a dead body in the driver's seat of the vehicle.

Firefighters mopped up some hot spots, made sure the fire had not spread to the rest of the house, and then went into "investigation mode," Mason said.

Police and the fire department worked together to investigate the scene with firefighters looking for clues as to the cause and origin of the fire and police exploring any potentially criminal aspects.

Craig Police Sgt. Bill Leonard, who investigated the fire, said he has some preliminary conclusions but "until we get some stuff back from labs, I don't want to speculate too much."

District Attorney Bonnie Roesink visited the scene and called in her office's investigator as well.

After all parties arrived and completed their investigations, the body was removed after 7 p.m., Mason said.

The fire is still under investigation and police are awaiting the results of an autopsy.

Jeremy Browning can be reached at 824-7031 or jbrowning@craigdailypress.com.

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