Fire of suspicious origin damaged unoccupied Lander home early today

This home at 1440 Goodrich drive receive “extensive” heat and smoke damage in a fire “of suspicious origin” early today in Lander. (Joshua Scheer photo)

By Joshua Scheer and Ernie Over,

(Lander, Wyo.) – A fire that is being termed of “suspicious origin” is under investigation today by fire investigators and by Lander Police. The fire was reported at 5:03 a.m. today at 1440 Goodrich Drive. Lander Fire Department Administrator Nick  Hudson said the fire apparently started in the kitchen area of the large two story wood frame home. Hudson said the LVFD had the fire knocked down 10 minutes after their arrival and he said the home sustained “significant and extensive” smoke and heat damage, especially on the main floor. Hudson said the fire apparently started in the kitchen area of the home.

The front windows of the home were broken out, kitchen windows were smoked over, a hole had been chopped in the side of the house near the peak of the home and the home was being ventilated. Investigators were still on scene today at 11 a.m.

Lander Police Chief Jim Carey said this morning that a call the LPD received at 11:37 p.m. Monday night was connected with the house fire. The LPD dispatch log listed the nature of the call as “threatening.” Carey would not elaborate but referred all questions to the fire service.

Hudson said, Shad Cooper of the Wyoming State Fire Marshall’s office in Green River, Fremont County Fire District Assistant Chief Dan Oakley and LPD Lt. Chuck Carr were at the scene conducting the investigation. Hudson said it was unlikely that any new information would be released today on the investigation of the cause of the blaze.