Elderly woman dies in Wiley Creek house fire

By Sean C. Morgan

Of The New Era

A woman died in an early morning fire Wednesday, June 5, in the independent living area of Samaritan Wiley Creek Community.

Firefighters responded to a report of the fire at 1271 Mountain Fir Court at 4:28 a.m. Deceased was Carolyn “Bonnie” Olivier-Pye, 71. Fire Chief Dave Barringer said that without an autopsy, fire investigators assume that she succumbed to smoke inhalation.

Personnel arrived to find the structure heavily involved on the south end of the quadplex.

“A female on Mimosa Court smelled smoke,” Barringer said. “Eventually, it woke her up, so she decided to go look.”

She saw the smoke and located the fire, Barringer said.

“She went to the back of the structure, found a garden hose and started putting water on the fire and called 9-1-1.”

Battalion Chief Eli Harris arrived at the fire first along with two police officers, Sean Potter and Sgt. Jason Van Eck.

Harris handed the hose to Potter and went inside the residence, locating the deceased Olivier-Pye in the living room, Barringer said.

Van Eck vented the front room at the direction of Harris.

Barringer said the work of the caller and the coordinated work of the battalion chief, Potter and Van Eck helped contain the fire to the living room, quickly extinguish the fire and prevent it from spreading to the other three units.

The fire originated in the living room on the floor next to a recliner, Barringer said. Investigators believe that it was caused by materials related to smoking.

There is no other explanation for a fire starting in that area, he said.

“The Sweet Home Fire and Ambulance District, as well as the City of Sweet Home, wishes to express our sincere condolences to the family during this incredibly difficult time and asks everyone in the community to support the grieving family and friends of Mrs. Pye,” Barringer said.

Members of the state Fire Marshal’s Office and Oregon State Police Arson Investigation Unit responded to assist in the investigation, Barringer said. The fire appeared to be accidental and did not appear to be suspicious or criminal in nature.