Coroner: 77-year-old man dead in Richland house fire

Photo: Triston Hollingsworth

RICHLAND, Wash. - An elderly man has died following a fatal house fire in Richland, according to the Benton County Coroner.

Crews rescued the man who was inside the burning house at Dakota Street near Columbia Park Trail, Monday afternoon and attempted to revive him with CPR.

Fire crews and police responded were at the home for several minutes while crews worked to extinguish the blaze.

Richland Fire Department officials says when they arrived on scene, fire crews found the fire towards the front of the home. They had to knock through the door to get the man inside the home.

An ambulance transported the victim, identified as 77-year-old Morris Rowlette, to Kadlec Regional Medical Center. The coroner says he was pronounced deceased at the hospital.

At this time, Rowlette's cause of death is unknown.

Another person was also taken to the hospital. Fire officials say it appears that person was attempting to help the victim inside the home.

Action News has learned that firefighters were able to put out the house fire, but flames caused extensive damage to the home.

The fire did not spread to any neighboring homes, firefighters said.

Investigators are expected to revisit the scene. The cause of this fire is not currently known.

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