Identity of Oct. 10 house fire victim released


John E. McCarty’s death is considered ‘suspicious’

MINIHAHA — The Clark County Medical Examiner has identified the victim of an Oct. 10 house fire on NE 66th Ave in the Minnehaha area as John E. McCarty, 75.

John E. McCarty, 75, died in this house fire on Oct. 10. The Clark County Sheriff’s Office says the cause of the fire is considered suspicious. Photo courtesy Vancouver Fire and Rescue
John E. McCarty, 75, died in this house fire on Oct. 10. The Clark County Sheriff’s Office says the cause of the fire is considered suspicious. Photo courtesy Vancouver Fire and Rescue

Fire crews were called to the single-story home shortly after 7 p.m. Saturday evening and found McCarty, a Vancouver resident, inside. He was taken outside where paramedics attempted to save him, but was declared deceased at the scene.

McCarty was listed as the sole owner of the home since 1995.

Clark County Sheriff’s Office Sgt. Alex Schoening confirmed that their Major Crimes Unit has been requested to conduct an investigation into the house fire and McCarty’s death due to “its suspicious nature.”

No further details were immediately available. 

It took 34 firefighters approximately 29 minutes to get the fire under control. One crew member suffered minor burns while fighting the fire.

McCarty’s cause of death remains listed as “pending” in the Medical Examiner’s report.

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