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Victims of Fatal Glenoma House Fire Identified

By The Chronicle

The Lewis County Coroner’s Office released the names and cause of death Wednesday of two men and one woman killed last week in a Glenoma house fire.

The victims are Dennis L. Watson, 51, Lynn L. Lauer, 72, and Alice M. Lauer, 83, all of Glenoma.

The cause of death for each has been ruled as “asphyxia secondary to the inhalation of combustible materials,” according to a release from the Coroner’s Office.

The manner of death of each victim has not yet been released, pending the results of an investigation into the matter.

Fire investigator Jay Birley told the Chronicle Tuesday he is still working on the investigation. He said he soon plans to forward the results to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office, which will then issue a press release.

The fire was first reported at 3:23 a.m. Thursday in the 100 block of Frost Creek Road in Glenoma by multiple 911 callers, according to the Sheriff’s Office.

Fire personnel from Glenoma, Randle, Morton and Mossyrock responded and later requested a fire investigator and law enforcement after learning that three of the home’s residents were possibly inside the home when the fire was reported.

Personnel from the Sheriff’s Office arrived and found three deceased individuals in the structure.

The three victims all lived in the home, according to the Sheriff’s office.

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