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UPDATE: College Place Man Set Fire Himself

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A man who died in a fire this weekend has been identified. A man who died in a fire this weekend has been identified.

UPDATE/COLLEGE PLACE, WA - Investigators say the man who died in a house fire Saturday at College Place set the fire himself.

According to Fire Marshal John Boose, the fire was intentionally set in multiple locations.

Firefighters found the body of the 39-year-old man, Andrey Gorkovchenko, in a bedroom. The autopsy showed he died of smoke inhalation.

No one else was in the home at the time.  A cat also died in the fire.


UPDATE/COLLEGE PLACE, WA - NBC Right Now spoke to investigators Monday as they combed through evidence today at the scene.

Fire crews, local police, fire investigators and even the Richland bomb squad were at the scene. The fire chief told us when there is a death involved they take every precaution to completely analyze the scene. Neighbors we spoke with say they barely know the family that lives there, but every interaction was pleasant.

"They just seem like a real friendly, loving family. It's just quite tragic. Their family is in our thoughts and prayers," said one neighbor who wanted to remain anonymous.

Authorities are currently unable to provide any information about what caused the fire. Neighbors say the flames engulfed most of the home near the garage and they heard an explosion and popping sounds before the flames grew. NBC Right Now will continue to share more details about the cause of the fire, as soon as we get them. 


COLLEGE PLACE, WA - A man who died in a fire this weekend has been identified.

According to the Walla Walla County Coroner, 39-year-old Andrey Gorkovchenko died from smoke inhalation.


COLLEGE PLACE, WA - Firefighters in College Place are trying to figure out what caused a deadly house fire Saturday morning. 

Firefighters say flames fully engulfed a home on the 1800 block of South East Bliss Lane around 9:30 AM.

Crews were able to knock down the flames from outside the home, but firefighters say one man died in the fire.  

Firefighters have not told us the man's name or age, exactly how he died, or if any one else lived at the home.

Crews from the City of Walla Walla Fire Department, Walla Walla Fire District 4 and the Red Cross also respond to the scene.