The White Pine Sheriff’s Department are currently investigating two fires for arson that erupted on Monday night around 7:30 p.m. leaving one dead. The fires erupted from a home on Ave I and a CPA business on Aultman Street both belonging to Bruce Hendrix. His wife, Julia Hendrix, has been identified as the one deceased by the Sheriff’s Department. Her body was discovered inside her burnt home on Ave I. The cause of death is still pending from the medical examiner’s office. Her family has already been notified according to Sheriff Dan Watts.
The Sheriff said that the cause of both fires appears to be arson and he is working with state fire marshal arson investigators.
“We are looking for Bruce Hendrix. We have been unable to locate him at this time,” Watts said when asked if any suspects had been determined.
If anyone has any information relating to either fire, or information that could assist in the sheriff’s department in their search for Bruce Hendrix, they should call 775-289-8808.
This story is still in progress, any additional information will be in the next edition of The Ely Times.