RV Fire Victim Identified

Written by Estero Bay News

September 7, 2023

The unfortunate man who died in a recent RV fire has been identified by the County Coroner’s Office.

According to a Sheriff’s Department news release, “The man is identified as 44-year-old Christopher Wayne Surratt of Los Osos.”

Surratt’s body was discovered in the aftermath of a devastating fire that destroyed an RV he was apparently staying in and parked in the 1900 block of Turri Road in rural Los Osos. 

The Coroner’s Office said Surratt is believed to have died of smoke inhalation from the fire, the cause of which has yet to be released by Cal Fire/County Fire, which is handling the fire investigation.

An autopsy was conducted on Surratt but the official cause of death is pending the results of toxicology testing, the Sheriff’s Office said.

At 10:30 a.m. Monday, Aug. 21, the Sheriff’s Department and Cal Fire/County Fire responded to a report of a vehicle on fire in the 1900 block of Turri Rd., which is just about in the middle of the stretch of road that connects Los Osos Valley Road and South Bay Boulevard.

By the time deputies and the fire department arrived, it was likely too late to save Surratt. “When first responders arrived on scene,” the Sheriff’s news release said, “the RV was fully engulfed. Once the flames were extinguished, the body of an adult male was located inside the RV.”

Preliminary reports indicate the fire was accidental, the release said.

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