HAPPY CAMP, Calif. — After firefighters beat back the flames of a house fire in Happy Camp on Friday morning, investigators found the remains of one victim, according to the Siskiyou County Sheriff's Office (SCSO).
Deputies first responded to reports of the fire just after 11 a.m., calling them to a residential fire in the 1500-block of Lower Elk Creek Road.
By 11:30 a.m., investigators found the body of a single occupant.
"The name of the decedent will be released once positive identification has been substantiated and the next-of-kin is notified by SCSO investigators," the agency said in a statement.
An autopsy will be scheduled for next week in order to help investigators figure out the victim's cause and manner of death, according to SCSO. The fire is reportedly being investigated by the Siskiyou County Arson Team (SCAT) — a multi-agency team led by Cal Fire’s Fire Prevention Bureau Chief.
“On behalf of the Sheriff’s Office, I would like to extend our thoughts, condolences, and prayers to the decedent, family, and friends. This case is still under investigation and anyone with information about this incident is urged to contact the SCSO’s 24-hour Dispatch Center at (530) 841-2900, or Cal Fire’s Fire Prevention Bureau at (530) 842-3516," said Sheriff Jon Lopey.