Sequim man dies after house fire

SEQUIM — A Sequim man badly burned in a house fire Tuesday died at midnight Wednesday, according to relatives.

The 82-year-old man was airlifted to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle after he suffered severe burns over more than half of his body in the fire in the 900 block of South Third Avenue.

Neither the Sequim Police Department, which is still investigating the blaze, nor Clallam County Fire District 3, which is constrained by federal privacy laws would release his name. Relatives also would not say who he was.

He had managed to leave the burning building but was so severely burned that he was immediately taken to the Sequim emergency helistop at the Jamestown Medical Center campus and flown to Harborview.

No sign has been seen of his dog.

The 9:24 p.m. fire destroyed the doublewide modular home, which was 70 percent involved in flames when firefighters arrived, said Assistant Chief Dan Orr.

Fire investigators believe the blaze started around a chair in the living room but did not identify a cause of the fire, Orr said.

The blaze was nearly extinguished by 11 p.m. after a hard fight involving 20 firefighters.

Preliminary damage reports are $120,000 for the structure and $40,000 for the contents.

During the fire, South Third Avenue was shut down so a fire hydrant could be accessed across the street from the blaze, district officials said.

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