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Prosser fire victim may have tried to escape before dying

Coroner officials were working Monday to confirm the identity of the man killed in a travel trailer fire Sunday.

The man appeared to be trying to get outside when the smoke and flames overtook him, said Lt. Erik Magnuson, with the Benton County Sheriff’s Office.

The man was badly burned, said Deputy Coroner Bill Leach.

He said he is researching dental records to confirm the name of the man living in the trailer near a Prosser home at 14505 N. Griffin Road.

An autopsy is scheduled for 1 p.m. Tuesday.

The travel trailer was parked behind a house on the property, and the man who lived there was missing.

People living on the property saw the flames engulfing the travel trailer around 1:45 a.m. and called 911, said Magnuson and West Benton Fire and Rescue Chief Seth Johnson.

When firefighters arrived, they discovered downed power lines and flames threatening a shop on the same property.

The fire was put out by 2:16 a.m. and the man was found after firefighters managed to get inside.

Yakima County Fire District 5 helped fight the blaze.

The sheriff’s office is still investigating the cause of the fire, but Magnuson said it doesn’t appear suspicious at this time.

Cameron Probert: 509-582-1402, @cameroncprobert

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