Officials release name of woman who died in Washougal fire

By John Branton and Paul Suarez

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Updated: November 23, 2011, 7:36 PM

 

Officials on Wednesday identified the woman who died in a Washougal apartment fire on Tuesday afternoon as Marriah R. Buhman.

Buhman, 28, died of smoke inhalation, a medical examiner’s office release said.

Firefighters responded to reports of a fire at the Towne Square Apartments at 2900 H St. around 3:30 p.m. Tuesday. Crews arrived in a couple of minutes and found flames coming out of the upper story windows. The fire was contained to the one apartment; firefighters found the body in the second story of the apartments.

Keri McDowell, a friend of the victim’s family, had said Tuesday that the victim was Buhman, a college student and talented singer and tattoo artist who loved candles and scented oils. An official said at the time that the apartment was rented by Buhman, but said the victim’s name would not be revealed officially until after an autopsy.

On Wednesday, Clark County Deputy Fire Marshal Curtis Eavenson estimated damage at $50,000 to the building and $25,000 to its contents.

The cause of the fire remained under investigation, Eavenson said.

John Branton: 360-735-4513 or john.branton@columbian. com.