A Seaside man is dead after an overnight fire at 2164 S. Columbia destroyed a two-story home and threatened adjacent properties.
According to officials, the Clatsop County Fire Investigation Team worked throughout the morning and early afternoon hours Monday and located the remains of a single victim, Stephen Scott Penwarden, 69.
Penwarden was the sole occupant of the single-family home and the only one inside at the time the blaze occurred. Seaside Police say the investigation remains ongoing.
At 1:04 a.m. on Monday night, Seaside Fire and Rescue responded to a report of the home fully engulfed in flames.
Four occupied homes surrounding the structure, including a family of five and two residents with pet dogs, were immediately evacuated with the help of police.
No firefighters were injured during the response.
Red Cross was notified to assist with placement at the request of at least one resident.
Seaside Fire received on-scene mutual aid from Gearhart, Warrenton, Astoria, Cannon Beach, Hamlet and Lewis and Clark fire departments.
Nehalem Bay Fire and Rescue also provided mutual aid support while crews were involved at the fire.