By The Hermiston Herald

HERMISTON — A manufactured home in Hermiston caught fire on Tuesday and claimed the lives of both its residents, Lydia Pedersen, 85, and Aloma Pedersen, 45.

Their relationship has not yet been released, said Tom Bohm, Hermiston's fire marshal.

The double wide trailer at 935 Northwest Stockton Avenue was gutted by the flames, and sustained extensive smoke damage.

Hermiston 911 dispatch received word of the fire after 1 p.m. on Tuesday. The caller reported that there were flames visible in the front window.

Hermiston Fire Department responded with six units, and cleared the scene around 3 p.m. Officials remained at the home until 8 p.m., beginning their investigation, and the Hermiston Police Department provided an officer to remain at the scene until the investigation could continue the next morning.

Both women's bodies were removed Tuesday for autopsies to determine the cause of death, but the results have not yet been released.

Bohm, along with Oregon State Police (O.S.P.) detectives, an (O.S.P.) arson investigator, and a deputy state fire marshal, continued investigations Wednesday to look for indications as to what started the blaze.

"As of right now, it is still undetermined," said Bohm Thursday.

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