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The Spokane County Medical Examiner’s Office confirmed the identity of the second individual killed in a mobile home fire early Monday morning, but need help contacting her family.
Robert “Amanda” Blanchard, 41, was found dead in the mobile home she lived in with her partner, Keith M. Barber, 50, according to a news release. The home at 2311 W 16th Ave. burned down shortly after midnight Monday. A cause of death has not been released for either victim.
Police are investigating her death as a murder suicide.
Blanchard was a transgender man living as a woman, police said. Investigators do not believe her identity was a factor in the murder-suicide.
Medical examiners have been unable to locate Blanchard’s relatives. Anyone with information about her next of kin is asked to call the medical examiner at 509-477-2296.
One man died early Friday morning after suffering severe burns from a mobile home explosion in Chattaroy, Wash., according to Harborview Medical Center.
Michael Asselin, 51, and his wife, 57, were both badly burned when the mobile home Asselin lived in exploded Wednesday afternoon.
The Spokane County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the fire as a domestic violence situation. An investigator at the scene Thursday said it may have been an attempted homicide or a high-level assault.
The female victim remains in critical condition in the Intensive Care Unit at Harborview.
A dog and a cat died in the mobile home fire reported around 2 p.m. yesterday in the 7200 block of East Second and another dog is missing. No one was injured in the fire, though, so that's good news. Neighbors spotted smoke and called it in. According to a press release from fire marshal Kevin Miller, the middle section of the mobile home was fully involved in fire when crews arrived. The cause of the fire hasn't been determined yet. More information may be available later in the week.
A mobile home is on fire in the 7200 block of East Second. Responding Spokane Valley Fire Department crews report seeing a “decent column of smoke” and the mobile home is “well involved.” The neighbor who called it in said the windows had been blown out. The Fire Department is now calling for police to respond because there is an “irrational homeowner” on the scene.
This Spokane Valley mobile home was destroyed by fire early in the morning of July 13, 2011. Photo courtesy the Spokane Valley Fire Department.
Several people called 911 this morning shortly after 4 a.m. to report a mobile home on fire in the 4900 block of East Fourth Ave. One of the calls was from the 79-year-old resident, who was sleeping on his couch and awoke because of the heat of the fire, said Spokane Valley Fire Department assistant fire marshal Bill Clifford. He tried to put out the fire without success and went to a neighbor's to call for help.
About 25 firefighters responded, but the mobile home was in flames and couldn't be saved. The damage is so extensive that the cause of the fire is undetermined, Clifford said. The mobile home was insured and the man is being assisted by Red Cross. He suffered minor smoke inhalation but was otherwise uninjured.
Spokane Valley Fire Department crews have responded to a mobile home fire in the 800 block of North Bowman near the Sprague and I-90 interchange. The first crews to arrive said there was heavy smoke on all sides. The residents have reportedly evacuated safely.