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Body found following suspicious Graham fire

A man’s body was found following a suspicious home fire July 26 in Graham, Wash.

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crimesceneGRAHAM, Wash. — A 55-year-old man found dead inside a burned home Thursday morning in Graham died from sharp force trauma to his neck and head, not smoke or flames.

Police ruled the death of Douglas Erhardt a homicide late Wednesday after medical examiners determined he was killed by a sharp object.

This story will be updated as more information becomes available.

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One dead in suspicious house fire

fireGRAHAM, Wash. — Police are investigating a deadly house fire that may have been intentionally set early Wednesday morning in Pierce County.

Firefighters were called around 6:50 a.m. after neighbors reported seeing smoke billowing from a home near the intersection of 192nd Street and 89th Avenue, Graham Fire and Rescue Chief Steve Richards said. Firefighters responded to the scene and entered the home to put out the blaze.

Firefighters found one victim dead in the kitchen after the fire was extinguished. No one else was found inside the home. They also found “suspicious material” around the home, Richards said. The age, name and residence of the victim was unknown.

Pierce County Sheriff’s Department investigators were headed to the scene at 9:10 a.m., Richards said.

This story will be updated as more information becomes available.