In a tragic incident that occurred last month, a man lost his life in a fire that engulfed his motel room. The Clark County Medical Examiner’s Office has now identified the deceased as Peter Benson, a 74-year-old resident of Vancouver. The fire, which broke out at The Inn at Salmon Creek located on NE Highway 99 near NE 119th Street, started at approximately 6:30 a.m. on December 9. Prompt action from firefighters with Clark County Fire District 6 helped extinguish the blaze within minutes of their arrival at the scene. However, upon conducting a search of the room, they discovered Benson’s lifeless body.
According to the findings of the Clark County Medical Examiner’s Office, Peter Benson’s death has been ruled an accident caused by asphyxia resulting from the inhalation of smoke. However, the exact cause of the fire has not yet been disclosed by the Clark County Fire Marshal’s office. Investigations into the incident are ongoing, and authorities are working diligently to determine the circumstances that led to this tragic event.
The loss of Peter Benson has left the community in shock and mourning. As news of the incident spread, friends, family, and acquaintances of the deceased expressed their condolences and shared their memories of him. Benson’s untimely demise serves as a somber reminder of the importance of fire safety and the need for vigilance in preventing such devastating incidents.
As the investigation continues, it is crucial for the community to stay informed and prepared. Authorities urge residents to regularly review and practice fire safety measures, such as ensuring the availability of working smoke detectors, having a well-rehearsed evacuation plan, and being familiar with emergency contact numbers. By taking these precautions, individuals can help safeguard themselves and their loved ones from the potential dangers posed by fire emergencies.
The memory of Peter Benson will remain in the hearts of those who knew him, and his tragic passing highlights the fragility of life. As the community mourns his loss, it is essential to reflect on the importance of fire safety and support one another in times of grief. The investigation into the cause of the fire at The Inn at Salmon Creek continues, and further updates will be provided as more information becomes available.
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