On Wednesday morning just after 2:00 am, one of our officers was on patrol when he saw a fire near the Abernethy Bridge, Washington St. and 16th St. The fire was from a homeless camp on the hillside. When our officer found the fire, it had already engulfed the camp and nearby trees. Clackamas Fire responded and extinguished the fire.
After the fire was extinguished, fire personnel found a deceased female inside a shelter. Clackamas Fire investigators, our detectives, and the Clackamas County Medical Examiner's Officer are investigating the death and cause of the fire. The victim's identity will be released pending next of kin notification.