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Sandy Man Dies from Injuries Related to Accidental Industrial Fire
04/11/2008
Lieutenant Gregg Hastings
Public Information Officer
Office: (503) 731-3020 ext. 247

The Clackamas County Medical Examiner's Office has reported that a Sandy-area man died Friday morning from injuries sustained in a fire incident north of Sandy. A joint investigation is being conducted by fire, police and safety officials.
 
According to Sandy Fire District, on April 11, 2008 at 8:54 a.m. fire personnel were dispatched to a residential fire at 39120 Hudson Road north of Sandy following a 911 caller reporting being injured. Fire personnel made contact at the address and checked a shop building where smoke was reported rolling out from a rear door.
 
A male patient was found lying in the doorway and he was moved to safety where fire personnel initiated medical aid. LifeFlight was called to the scene but resuscitation efforts were unsuccessful and he was pronounced deceased about 9:30 a.m.
 
Firefighters extinguished the fire inside the 60' x 80' two story shop within minutes of arriving.
The Clackamas County Medical Examiner's Office identified the victim as ROBERT ROLPH, age 61, from Sandy. ROLPH was employed as an equipment mechanic for Wayne Stone Logging Inc. located at the Hudson Road address. Next of kin have been notified.
 
Fire investigators from the State Fire Marshal, Oregon State Police, Boring Fire Department and ATF responded to determine fire cause. Preliminary investigation indicates that an accidental fire started while the victim was washing an energized fuel pump in a solvent cleaning tank. The victim died as a result of the injuries sustained related to the industrial fire.
 
The investigation is now being led by Oregon OSHA, a division of the Oregon Department of Consumer and Business Services.
 
No more information related to cause of death to be released.
 
Questions regarding fire personnel response should be directed to Sandy Fire District.