A woman was lifeflighted
early Thursday after a fire devastated
the single-family home at 121 N.
Ashley Ave. in Pinedale. Its causes and
the identity of a deceased man trapped inside
are still under investigation.
Tricia Gunderson, 57, of Pinedale, was
transported by ambulance to the Pinedale
Medical Clinic with acute smoke inhalation
and burns and then flown to Eastern
Idaho Regional Medical Center, according
to the Sublette County Sheriff’s Office.
She was moved to another hospital
Thursday; her condition is unknown.
The fire was reported Wednesday at
10:50 p.m. by neighbor Channing Stockman,
who told the Roundup he was in
his apartment playing his guitar when
he smelled smoke and heard a woman
screaming. He went to the house, where
he could see flames and Gunderson inside
the house screaming, “Get out, get out.”
He helped her off the porch and called
911. Stockman said the woman believed a
man was still inside the house but the fire
engulfed the interior so he did not go in.
Sublette County Unified Fire responded
with 10 apparatus and 32 firefighters; a
crew tried to enter and search the home
but was pushed back by heavy smoke and
flames. Eventually they found a deceased
man inside who was not positively identified
Thursday at press time.
Noxious smoke billowed from the
home and drifted through the west side
of town for hours after firefighters arrived
and knocked down flames that bystanders
said burst up as high as trees around
the property. Firefighters hosed down the
house from the side and back as flames
flickered occasionally in the attic and edge
of the roof.
Wyoming Highway Patrol Trooper
Landon Call said he was first to arrive on
the scene, four or five minutes after Stockman’s
911 call to dispatch, and found the
house engulfed in flames.
Very shortly, the massive emergency
response team arrived of firefighters,
Emergency Medical Services and deputies,
as well as ambulances, engines and
patrol vehicles flashing blue and red lights
around the home.
Patricia Knudsen, of Rock Springs,
owns the property according to county
Thursday, firefighters and detectives
remained on the scene awaiting the arrival
of fire investigators from the Wyoming
Fire Marshal’s Office. An autopsy
is scheduled for the unidentified man and
investigators continue to search for the
cause of the fire.