Death investigation underway after body found in burned-out trailer

Nov 17, 2022, 6:46 AM | Updated: 11:22 am

King County suspicious death...

A body was found following a large fire in unincorporated South King County Thursday. (PNW Thinline Photography via KIRO 7 News)

(PNW Thinline Photography via KIRO 7 News)

A body was found following a large fire in unincorporated South King County Thursday.

Josh Hoffman of PNW Thinline Photography, who shot video of the fire, said firefighters were called to the 30800 block of Military Road South at about 1:36 a.m. near Auburn.

Video showed what appeared to be a trailer engulfed in flames.

After the fire was knocked down and the smoke cleared, a body was found.

By 6 a.m., firefighters had left the scene, but a narrow section of the road remained peppered with police vehicles.

“It could take several hours. They could be here most of the day. It really depends on the scene and how difficult that scene is to process,” said King County Sheriff’s Sergeant Corbett Ford.

Arson investigators and major crimes detectives are combing through evidence, but Ford said they are not yet labeling the incident “suspicious.”

“We know that we have a death and fire, so we don’t know the cause of the fire or the cause of the death,” Ford said.

Details about the victim are not yet known.

KIRO 7 News contributed to this report.

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