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GLENADA FIRE CLAIMS 1 LIFE
releases details, but man’s
identity still unknown
B Y C HANTELLE M EYER
CHANTELLE MEYER/SIUSLAW NEWS
This single-trailer fire burned hot, starting at about 3 a.m. Thursday on Glenada Ridge south of Florence. One person died inside,
according to Siuslaw Valley Fire and Rescue, whose firefighters had to peel the metal siding off the building to subdue the blaze.
Florence Police Department (FPD) is
still working to identify the body of a man
found in the wooded area north of
Sandpines Golf Links on Aug. 30.
Police worked with the Lane County
Medical Examiner, who conducted an
examination of the body.
FPD Lt. John Pitcher said, “We work
with the medical examiners on all unat-
tended deaths. That means every death
that does not have a doctor present.”
He said that includes deaths such as
homicides, suicides and even from illness.
The examiner said, “It is believed that
this subject is a white or hispanic adult
male between 20 and 40 years of age. He
is approximately 5’6” to 5’10” in height,
with dark brown or black hair approxi-
mately 1.5” in length.”
At the time of discovery, the body was
wearing a gray hooded sweatshirt with no
markings, a black T-shirt that read, “Total
Recall,” blue jeans and newer
black/gray/white size 10.5 Nike shoes.
Fire marshal, sheriffs investigate death, cause of early morning fire
B Y C HANTELLE M EYER
A fire on Glenada Ridge,
about a half-mile south of
Florence on Highway 101,
claimed the life of one resident
early Thursday morning.
Siuslaw Valley Fire and
Rescue (SVFR) arrived at
the scene, 85149 Highway
101, within 10 minutes of
receiving the call at 3:03
“We were pretty quick to
get here,” said Fire Marshal
By then, flames from the
single-trailer fire could be
seen from as far away as the
Siuslaw River Bridge.
“It actually was a very
stubborn fire,” Barrett said.
“Usually single-wide trail-
ers burn down and they’re
gone real quick. We had a
good stop — it’s still stand-
ing — but it took a lot.
“It took about 8,000 gal-
lons of water, and not a lot
He counted a total of
13 SVFR representatives,
including Fire Chief Jim
“It was just stubborn try-
ing to put out in the walls,
the ceiling and the floor,”
Barrett said. “Fires can melt
the siding, but because the
siding was steel, it held a lot
of heat inside the building.
We peeled all that off just to
get to the fire. That’s why
there’s no siding on it.”
The fire was easier to sub-
due once more of the siding
Annual welcome barbecue
set for Wednesday
B Y J ACK D AVIS
vendor may retire
District welcomes three
new teachers this fall.
Elisa Gray will be
teaching special educa-
tion classes for grades
seven to 12. She has
more than 30 years of
Jay Blake will be
teaching seventh and
eighth grade language
arts and social studies.
He will also be the assis-
tant volleyball coach.
Blake and his wife Lori
moved to Florence last
year from Minnesota.
Ruth Larson will teach
ninth, 10th, 11th and
12th grade English lan-
guage arts and high
school drama. She will
also be teaching middle
and high school
Individual Determination (AVID) classes.
Larson lives in Veneta.
This season may be last for Winston farmer
armer Jim Lee has been bringing his fresh
produce to Florence every Tuesday for 15
years, but the 74-year-old may be calling
it quits after this season.
He has already scaled back on his hectic summer
“I used to do 11 towns in seven days but I quit
that,” Lee said, adding that he has cut back to selling
in three coastal towns, four days a week. “I also go to
the Coos Bay Farmers Market on Wednesday and
Sunday and I do Bandon on Friday.”
Lee grows almost all of what he sells on his 44-acre
farm in Winston, about 8 miles south of Roseburg. He
also rents another 10 acres.
B Y J ACK D AVIS
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