Orofino officials identify 5 killed in house fire

Authorities have released the names of the five people who died in a house fire Saturday morning in Orofino.

The Orofino Police Department identified the victims as 39-year-old Rosemary Wooster, 31-year-old Allen West, 17-year-old Trevor Wiley, 13-year-old Zachary Wooster, and 13-year-old Colby Stedman. Four of the victims lived at the Cedar Street home, while Stedman was staying overnight as a friend.

Investigators say all five likely died in their sleep from smoke inhalation, though autopsies will be performed to determine the official cause of death. None attempted to flee the fire and the bodies were badly burned.

Crews responded to the blaze at 1:43 a.m. and found the home fully engulfed. Fire investigators say an overloaded extension cord near an electric grill on the porch likely caused the blaze.

No working smoke detectors were found in the home, though authorities say the fire damage was too extensive to be 100 percent certain they didn’t exist. (AP)

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