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Fatal fire in Lander called 'suspicious'

Sep 8, 2016 By Kelli Ameling, Staff Writer

No threat to community, officials say

Officials are investigating the fatal fire that claimed the life of a man early Wednesday in Lander as suspicious.

They say there is no threat to the community at this time.

The man's identity has not been released.

Suspicious incident

Lander Police Department administrative assistant Duane Kaiser said the incident is considered suspicious due to preliminary investigation results.

He confirmed one arson dog has been brought to the scene.

The Lander Volunteer Fire Department responded at about 5:30 a.m. Wednesday to reports of the structure fire in the 300 block of Market Street.

The reporting party said she could see smoke coming from a residence across the alley from her home.

LVFD chief Eric Siwik said when crews arrived at the scene, the home was full of smoke.

"Firefighters made entry and found one deceased victim before suppressing the fire," Siwik said.


Siwik said the fire was contained to the home where the blaze began, and other houses in the area were not damaged.

On Thursday, he said the fire was knocked down within 20 minutes, but crews stayed on scene until about 10 a.m. monitoring the area and looking for hot spots.

The department remained in the area through the afternoon Wednesday assisting with the investigation.

LVFD is working with the LPD, Wyoming State Fire Marshal's Office and Fremont County Coroner's Office to investigate the cause and origin of the fire.

The coroner's office confirmed that it responded to a fire scene with a fatality in Lander but did not offer further information.

"Any other questions or concerns can be addressed to the LPD," chief deputy coroner Erin Ivie said Thursday. "We're not commenting ... at this point."

This is the second death in about two weeks LPD is investigating as suspicious after a woman was found dead Aug. 22 in her home at 805 Four Seasons Drive. Kaiser said in that case there is also no threat to the community.

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