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Victims named in December mobile home fire near Ridgefield

By , Columbian Assistant Metro Editor

The Clark County Medical Examiner’s Office identified Belinda Rhodes and Devin Hemry as the two people who were found dead inside a Ridgefield-area mobile home after it caught fire in December.

Cause and manner of death are still pending for Rhodes, 62, and Hemry, 63, both of Ridgefield, the medical examiner’s office said.

Clark-Cowlitz Fire Rescue had responded at about 4:30 a.m. Dec. 15 to a fire at 24416 N.E. 50th Ave. A 911 caller reported hearing a loud bang and then seeing flames coming from a mobile home, according to a fire department news release.

Crews arrived to find fire coming from the side of a small mobile home, along with a nearby shop building. As firefighters got a better look at the structure, they found flames in the rear of the building and inside, the agency said.

Additional crews arrived from Clark County Fire District 10 and the Vancouver Fire Department, and firefighters were able to bring the blaze under control, Clark-Cowlitz Fire Rescue said. Both the mobile home and shop building were severely damaged.

While crews were mopping up, they found Rhodes and Hemry dead inside the mobile home, along with their pets, according to the fire agency.