Unidentified body found in rubble of Ocean Shores fire


A house fire in Ocean Shores led to the discovery of a dead body inside.

In a release from the Ocean Shores Fire Department, they say that at 2:50 p.m. on Tuesday, March 2, the department was dispatched to a structure fire in the 200 block of Octopus Avenue Northeast. 

First arriving units reported that a single-story home was fully engulfed in flames and threatening homes on either side. 

OSFD responded with several apparatus, including an engine, ladder truck and two medic units. Mutual aid partner District 7 also sent an engine and two crew members to assist with fire operations.

The release states that conditions on scene were too dangerous for firefighters to attempt interior operations, including several explosions.

Fire crews focused on extinguishing the blaze and containing it to the original home.

Although crews were able to prevent the spread of fire to neighboring homes, the original structure was a complete loss.

Caption: Ocean Shores Fire Department crews work to extinguish a large structure fire on Octopus Avenue Northeast in the afternoon of Tuesday, March 2, 2021.
Credit: Courtesy of Ocean Shores Fire Department/Mike Thuirer

Officials say that midway through operations, residents told them that it was likely that someone was inside the home. 

When the fire was extinguished, a body was recovered from the home and turned over to the Grays Harbor County Coroner’s Office for identification.

OSFD remained on scene in a limited capacity overnight to monitor conditions, prevent reigniton and provide security of the scene along with OSPD.

The fire is under investigation by the Oceans Shores police and fire departments and the Grays Harbor County Sheriff’s department.