Illinois Valley Fire District firefighters were called to a house fire along East River Street and Redwood Highway in Cave Junction just after midnight Wednesday.
Once flames were put out, crews discovered the body of 65-year-old Donald Thomas inside.
Oregon State Police say they’re still investigating, but arson investigations can be difficult because flames burn much of the evidence. However, investigators say they have at least one lead: a male was seen igniting and throwing a flare at the residence before the fire started.
Anyone with further information is asked to call OSP at 1-800-442-2068.
Amanda Rose is a multimedia journalist for NBC5 News. Amanda graduated from Columbia University earning a Master’s degree in Journalism. She also received a Bachelor’s degree in English with a specialization in literature from the University of British Columbia. She’s a Los Angeles native, but is thrilled to return to the beautiful Pacific Northwest and is passionate about reporting on the criminal justice system.