Langlois fire

A residence at 94205 Alder St. in Langlois is engulfed by flames Thursday. Its occupant, Bethany Ann Peck, was found dead inside.

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LANGLOIS — A 63-year-old woman died in one of two South Coast house fires Thursday.

Firefighters found the body of Bethany Ann Peck inside her Alder Street home in Langlois. The fire’s cause and her cause of death are under investigation.

The fire was reported to the Curry County Sheriff’s Office Thursday night, just before midnight. The Langlois Fire Department found the house fully engulfed in flame and Peck dead inside.

Local authorities were assisted by the Brookings, Port Orford and Gold Beach police as well as Oregon State Police and the Sixes River Fire Department.

Earlier Thursday, a Coos Bay man was treated for minor smoke inhalation after a fire at a Central Avenue apartment building.

The fire was reported at about 1 a.m. Thursday at the Myrtle Arms Apartments. Coos Bay police and firefighters went to the scene, and the building was immediately evacuated.

 The fire started in Apartment No. 5, home of Joe Eldridge, 51. Firefighters brought it under control within 15 minutes.

Medical personnel treated Eldridge at the scene. The rest of the occupants were allowed back into their apartments.

Eldridge’s apartment showed signs of a moderate fire, smoke and heat damage. The cost of the damage is estimated at $40,000. The fire department did not find the fire suspicious.

Two support units, 19 firefighters and three engines were present at the scene. Firefighters stayed on the scene for almost three hours.

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