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Sandy Man Dies in Industrial Fire

An accidental fire apparently started while the victim was washing an energized fuel pump in a solvent cleaning tank.

Death investigation

(SANDY, Ore.) - A Sandy-area man died Friday morning from injuries sustained in a fire incident north of Sandy, according to the Clackamas County Medical Examiner. A joint investigation is being conducted by fire, police and safety officials.

A spokesman from the Sandy Fire District says today at 8:54 AM, fire personnel were dispatched to a residential fire at 39120 Hudson Road north of Sandy, after a 911 caller reported being injured.

Fire personnel made contact at the address and checked a shop building where smoke was reported rolling out from a rear door.

They say a male patient was found lying in the doorway and he was moved to safety where fire personnel initiated medical aid. LifeFlight was called to the scene but resuscitation efforts were unsuccessful and he was pronounced deceased about 9:30 AM.

Firefighters extinguished the fire inside the 60' x 80' two story shop within minutes of arriving.

The Clackamas County Medical Examiner's Office identified the victim as 61-year old Robert Rolph of Sandy. Mr. Rolph was employed as an equipment mechanic for Wayne Stone Logging Inc. located at the Hudson Road address. His next of kin have been notified.

Fire investigators from the State Fire Marshal, Oregon State Police, Boring Fire Department and ATF responded to determine fire cause.

Preliminary investigation indicates that an accidental fire started while the victim was washing an energized fuel pump in a solvent cleaning tank. The victim died as a result of the injuries sustained in the industrial fire.

The investigation is now being led by Oregon OSHA, a division of the Oregon Department of Consumer and Business Services.

They say no more information regarding this death will be released at this point.

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