Jack Wilson, who lived at the home on the 9000 block of West End Road, died in the fire, Coroner Dave Parris confirmed today. The coroner’s office suspects Wilson died of accidental smoke inhalation, and Parris said the Arcata Fire Protection District is still determining the cause. “It’s definitely non-criminal,” Parris said.
Firefighters from the Arcata Fire Protection District responded to a call just before noon Sunday and found heavy smoke and fire at the home.
The first responding firefighters entered the home to search for occupants, but “due to heavy smoke and fire the search team was forced out of the building,” according to a press release. They continued to fight the fire from outside the home, and about “45 minutes to an hour the fire was knocked down and the fire crews resumed their search for the resident, who they were sadly unable to rescue.”
Battalion Chief Dave White said, “We had issues with knocking down the fire due to lack of water, there are no hydrants in this area and we had to shuttle water tenders from other agencies.”
An 86-year-old man died in a house fire on West End Road Sunday morning.