Wednesday, November 18, 3:30 p.m.

A person perished in a house fire in Ponderosa Park Tuesday night.

Detective Timothy Neher of the Klickitat County Sheriff’s Office reports that shortly after midnight on Nov. 17, dispatch was advised of a structure fire at 54 W. Ponderosa Drive in the community of Ponderosa Park, just north of Goldendale. Two sheriff’s deputies, Leininger and Bianchi, responded to assist with the call.

The City of Goldendale Fire Department was paged to assist with fighting the fire.

Chief Halm with the City of Goldendale Fire Department was the first to arrive at the scene of the fire and found a travel trailer, a wood structure attached to the travel trailer, and a vehicle parked next to the wood structure fully engulfed with fire.

After extinguishing the fire, firefighters located a body inside of the wood structure. Detective Neher responded to investigate the death.

The body was burned beyond recognition but is believed to belong to Lawrence Steve Newman, 74 years old, of Goldendale.

A wood stove located inside of the wood structure is believed to be the cause of the fire.

The Klickitat County Sheriff’s Office is continuing to investigate the case.