Investigators seek public’s help in determining cause of blaze

PORT ANGELES — Firefighters have been unable to determine what caused Sunday’s RV and shed fire in Gales Addition and are deeming the blaze suspicious.

Authorities are seeking the public’s help.

Mike DeRousie, assistant chief of Clallam County Fire District No. 2, said the Clallam County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the cause of the fire the destroyed an RV and shed on the 2300 block of East Fifth Avenue.

“It’s suspicious and that’s as far as we can go,” he said. “We can’t prove anything and we’re still following up.”

He said there is no obvious cause of the fire. The RV is not hooked up to electricity or propane and nobody was home when the fire started.

Clallam County Sheriff’s Chief Criminal Deputy Brian King said investigators couldn’t determine the cause of the blaze. No accelerant was found at the scene, he said.

“We couldn’t make any determination as to a definitive cause and origin due to the extent of the fire,” he said. “It remains suspicious, but we don’t have any evidence of a crime at this time.”

He said that without help from the public it is unlikely investigators will determine the cause of the fire.

“It was mid-day,” he said. “You would hope maybe somebody would have saw something.”

Anyone with information about the fire is encouraged to call the Clallam County Sheriff’s Office at 360-417-2259.

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Reporter Jesse Major can be reached at 360-452-2345, ext. 56250, or at [email protected].

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