RV Fire Claims Life of Local White City Man
Early Thursday morning a recreational vehicle (RV) fire was called in at the 8300 block of 15th Avenue in White City.
Firefighters from Jackson County Fire District 3 (JCFD3) responded, quickly put out the fire, and no other structures were threatened.
While digging through the wreckage in the RV, a victim and his dog were discovered deceased. Detectives from Jackson County Sheriff’s Office (JCSO) and a fire investigator from JCFD3 were called in to investigate.
An autopsy conducted by an Oregon State Police (OSP) forensic pathologist concluded the victim died of smoke inhalation.
There was no evidence of foul play. Next of kin has been notified.
The victim was Gary DeWayne Ruddick, 67, of White City.
The cause of the fire is still under investigation.