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Mattawa, Washington – One Person Dead in Shop Fire

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Posted on March 5, 2020

Mattawa, Washington (March 3, 2020) – One person was found dead after a fire that broke out in a shop at the 23000 block of Road O Southwest on Tuesday morning. According to the article from 560 KPQ News Radio, the coroner is working to identify the victim and notify the next of kin. An autopsy will be performed at a later date.

According to information from the Grant County Fire, Fire District 8 responded to the scene around 8:30 a.m. The location was described as a garage or shop, with living quarters inside where the victim was found. No indication of foul play has been found and investigation is still ongoing.

About Fire

We offer our sympathies and compassion to the friends and loves ones of the victim. Unfortunately, this is not the only time a fire has resulted in a fatality. Like any other structure, commercial buildings must be checked for fire safety. Most if not all the steps in fire safety involve securing the area of one’s business or residence. It is also important to make sure that possible combustible materials are discarded properly or at the very least kept away from buildings. They also urge owners of buildings to review fire safety and make sure that an escape plan is formulated in case of fire.

Much like fire safety in other types of buildings, there are different factors which can add or detract the risk of a fire breaking out. The structure and materials that a building is made out of should be assessed for fire safety before construction. It is also advised that all buildings should be equipped with proper fire suppression tools and detection devices such as fire alarms and smoke alarms. Taking these simple steps should help prevent or lessen the risk of fire. Like with all accidents, the effects of fire are dreadful, including property damage and loss as well as injuries or even fatalities. Fire safety is then not only consideration for one’s self, but also consideration for others.