Structure fire kills one in Pinedale

PINEDALE, WY — A structure fire in Pinedale, Wyoming yesterday claimed the life of one victim who has not yet been identified.

At approximately 10:50 p.m. on July 10, Sublette County Dispatch received a 911 call of a structure fire at 121 North Ashley Avenue in Pinedale. Sublette County Sheriff’s Office Deputies and Sublette County Unified Fire (SCUF) responded with ten fire apparatus from Pinedale (Battalion 1), Boulder (Battalion 4) and Daniel (Battalion 5). Responders were dispatched to the address immediately and were notified that one occupant was able to exit the home and a second was trapped inside.

Upon arrival, responders, including 32 firefighters, found the home to be partially involved and actively burning. Responders on scene found a female identified as Tricia Gunderson of Pinedale outside of the home. Gunderson advised responders that there was still someone inside. SCUF personnel immediately attempted to knock down the fire and gain access.

Firefighter rescue crews entered the home to conduct a search and encountered heavy smoke and flames. They eventually located an individual inside the home who was deceased. The deceased has not been positively identified at this time. Gunderson was transported to the Pinedale Medical Clinic from the scene with acute smoke inhalation and burns and was later life-flighted to Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center (EIRMC).

An autopsy is scheduled for the deceased and the cause of the fire is currently under investigation in coordination with SCUF, the Wyoming Fire Marshall’s Office and the Sublette County Sheriff’s Office.

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