Update: Two Roseburg boys die in Coquille fire

Two Roseburg boys staying with their grandmother died early Wednesday of smoke inhalation in a travel trailer in Coquille, according to Coos County District Attorney Paul Frasier.

Christopher Thorp, 13, and his brother Grayson Thorp, 8, were unable to escape the blaze, which was reported at 1:16 a.m. at the Riversedge RV Park.

By the time police and firefighters arrived, the travel trailer was engulfed in flames.

Neighbors in the park rescued Caden Teddleton, 7, of Coquille, Frasier said.

Caden was taken to Legacy Emmanuel Hospital in Portland with burns and suffering from smoke inhalation. A hospital spokesman said today the boy was in critical condition at the hospital’s Oregon Burn Center.

The grandmother, Virginia Jennings, 59, was treated and released at Coquille Valley Hospital. Jennings is also Caden’s grandmother. The children were spending the night at her trailer.

Grayson attended Eastwood Elementary School, and Christopher attended Joseph Lane Middle School.

Christopher and Grayson’s former preschool teacher described the boys as the sort of kids who were “the life of the party” and remembered by younger kids long after they had moved on to elementary school.

“They were smart, funny, very intelligent boys and very memorable,” said Tammy Berry-Castleman, who cared for the boys when they attended TLC Child Care in Roseburg,

Berry-Castleman described the boys’ mother and stepfather, Brad and Casey Buller of Roseburg, as an “all-American family.”

“It’s a devastating loss for the community,” she said.

Berry-Castleman is one of about 20 community members who had donated $1,320 to the Buller family as of this morning on gofundme.com.

Brad Buller is an electrician and Casey Buller is vice president of marketing for Cascade Community Credit Union.

Two arson investigators from the Oregon State Police and one from the State Fire Marshal’s Office came to look for the cause of the fire, Frasier said.

A spokesman for the state fire marshal said this morning the investigation has not been completed and no information about the fire’s cause will be released until it is.

• Reporter Carisa Cegavske can be reached at 541-957-4213 or ccegavske@nrtoday.com.

This version of the story was posted earlier Thursday:

Two Roseburg boys staying with their grandmother died early Wednesday of smoke inhalation in a travel trailer in Coquille, according to Coos County District Attorney Paul Frasier.

Christopher Thorp, 13, and his brother Grayson Thorp, 8, were unable to escape the blaze, which was reported at 1:16 a.m. at the Riversedge RV Park.

By the time police and firefighters arrived, the travel trailer was engulfed in flames.

Neighbors in the park were able to rescue Caden Teddleton, 7. He was taken to Legacy Emmanuel Hospital in Portland with burns and suffering from smoke inhalation. He was admitted in critical condition, according to Frasier.

The grandmother, Virginia Jennings, 59, was treated and released at Coquille Valley Hospital. Jennings is also Caden’s grandmother. The children were spending the night at her trailer.

Two arson investigators from the Oregon State Police and one from the State Fire Marshal’s Office came to look for the cause of the fire, Frasier said.


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