Woman, dog die in Newport house fire

NEWPORT, Ore. - Firefighters found a woman and her dog dead in a burning house off Yaquina Bay Road early Thursday morning.

Investigators identified the victim as 61-year-old Patrice Passino. She was the sole resident of the house. Her dog was found nearby. Both died as a result of the fire, investigators said.

Firefighters were called out at 3:20 a.m. to the fire on Johnston Lane, about 3 miles east of Newport.

The sheriff's office responded to the scene after fire crews reported finding human remains in the house.

State and county investigators were unable to determine the source and cause of the fire due to the extent of the damage from the flames.