- Associated Press - Monday, June 16, 2014

VANCOUVER, Wash. (AP) - The man firefighters found dead at a Vancouver apartment fire died of smoke inhalation.

The Clark County medical examiner on Monday ruled the death of 52-year-old Gavino S. Rodriguez an accident.

Firefighters had attempted to reach his third-floor unit during the Thursday morning fire but the stairwell burned away. Hours later they were able to reach the apartment by ladder and found his body.

The Columbian reports (https://bit.ly/1pabtbl ) some residents of the Sunpointe Apartments banged on doors when the fire broke out just after midnight, but no one on the third floor answered.

City Fire Marshal Heidi Scarpelli said the two-alarm fire started accidentally on a bottom floor patio.

Six units in the building were destroyed.

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Information from: The Columbian, https://www.columbian.com


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