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Search for Fire Victim’s Family

fire1ALBANY, Ore. — The Albany Fire Department says one man lost his life during an apartment fire Wednesday morning, but the department is still looking for the victim’s family to notify them.

Wanda Omdahl, Albany Fire Department spokesperson, says 64-year-old John Charles Walley died during the fire.

Crews responded to the fire at 417 6th Ave. SE at 6:41 a.m. Wednesday, and say all other residents made it out safely.

Omdahl says Walley lived alone, and the fire started in his apartment. However, because the fire created so much damage, Walley’s apartment is so burned that firefighters do not think they will ever know how it started. They do not believe there was anything suspicious about the fire.

The fire department still has not been able to track down anyone in Walley’s family. If you know anyone in his family, contact Albany Fire at: (541) 917-7700.

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