Sunday Salem fire victim identified

SALEM — Richard Swansinger, 64, has been identified as the victim in the fatal fire Sunday at 1268 Westview Drive, where he lived with his daughter, Salem Police Detective Brad Davis said.

Davis released the information Thursday and said Swansinger was identified through the autopsy, but the cause of death and cause of the fire remained under investigation.

“I don’t suspect foul play,” he said.

Three dogs and a cat also perished in the fire and were found in the living room of the single story home. Swansinger was found in a bedroom at the back of the rental home. Fire Chief Scott Mason said previously that oxygen tanks were in the bedroom.


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