The Plumas County Sheriff’s Office announced this evening, June 6, that yesterday’s structure fire in the 5300 block of Chandler Road claimed the life of one individual.
The Sheriff’s Office, State Fire Marshall’s Office, and Quincy Fire Department conducted an investigation with the assistance of equipment from the Plumas County Public Works Department into the cause and origin of the fire. Deputies had spoken to several neighbors and friends of the occupant, and all have been unable to locate the subject.
At approximately 11 a.m. today burned human remains were found in the debris of the home. The remains were removed and an autopsy will be performed to determine the cause of death and to identify the individual. The name of the decedent/occupant is being withheld until the remains are identified and the next of kin has been notified.
In its statement, the Sheriff’s Office said that it was “saddened by this event and extend our heartfelt sympathy and condolences to all those affected by this tragic event.”
The fire broke out yesterday afternoon in the two-story structure and quickly engulfed it. Quincy Fire received help from other area local fire departments including Meadow Valley, Greenhorn, Long Valley, Crescent Mills and Indian Valley. While the firefighters attended to the structure, firefighters from the Plumas National Forest put out the spot fires that developed from blowing embers.
The cause of the fire was under investigation.