- Associated Press - Thursday, December 18, 2014

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - The son of an 81-year-old man found dead Wednesday after a fire in a Willamette Valley duplex has been arrested for investigation of second-degree manslaughter and reckless burning, a sheriff’s spokesman said.

Mason County sheriff’s Sgt. Chris Baldridge identified the victim as 81-year-old Candido Duran of the community of Jefferson, about 10 miles northwest of Albany.

John Duran, 36, was arrested on accusations that also included reckless endangerment, Baldridge said Wednesday night. The younger man also lived in the unit but escaped the fire.

The investigation determined Candido Duran “died of injuries sustained during the fire,” Baldridge said.

The spokesman declined to say how the fire started early Wednesday or provide any other details.

The duplex was destroyed. The residents on the other side of the building were displaced but unhurt.

Two other people have died this week in separate residential fires.

A fire in a rented home that killed a 67-year-old man and his dog was the result of a burning cigarette tossed into a trash can, authorities in Klamath Falls said Wednesday.

The man, David Michael Lyman, and his pet were found Monday night in their home in south Klamath Falls.

Fire Marshal Scott Rice told KFLS radio that the flammable debris started a fire that grew slowly and created thick, black smoke that caused most of the damage to the house.

In Coos County, a resident died Tuesday in a fire at an apartment complex in Norway, along Oregon 42 between Coquille and Myrtle Point.

Coos County District Attorney Paul Frasier told The World newspaper that an investigation was underway into the cause of the fire and of the death, but there was no initial indication of foul play.


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