Tuesday, 16 July 2024

REGIONAL: Coroner identifies body found in burned home

FORT BRAGG – A body found amidst the burned debris of a Fort Bragg home has been identified.


The Mendocino County Sheriff's Coroner's Division positively identified the structure fire victim as Ariel Robin Hembel, 31, according to a Friday report from Capt. Kurt Smallcomb.


Hembel's body was found by firefighters on Wednesday at her residence at 32280 Ellison Way, as Lake County News has reported. Fire destroyed the building.


Smallcomb reported that Fire Investigator Larry Graft has determined the cause of the fire to be accidental.


He said the fire started in the area of the roof where the wood burning stove chimney runs through the roof.


Hembel's cause of death appears to be from inhalation of smoke but is pending toxicology results, Smallcomb said.


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