Pets, home lost in Colton fire
Humans are safe, but pet lives were lost in a Colton house fire that shut down Highway 211 for several hours Thursday morning.
According to Colton Fire Chief Richard Beaudoin, crews arrived about 9:30 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 5, to a fully involved double-wide trailer home at 22637 S. Highway 211.
"There was fire coming out from multiple windows," Beaudoin said.
Based on the risk to firefighters and the potential that anyone could survive in that atmosphere, the crew leader decided to go into defense mode, fighting the fire from the outside and protecting other structures.
"We don't want to put firefighters at risk," Beaudoin said.
Fortunately, there were no people in the home, but several pets died.
One firefighter suffered an injury. He was treated at the scene and released.
The investigation into the cause of the fire is continuing, but Beaudoin said he believes the fire was not intentional.
Several crews joined Colton Fire in putting out the three-alarm fire, including Molalla Fire, Canby Fire, Clackamas Fire and Sandy Fire. Clackamas County Sheriff's Office also responded to the scene.
This story will be updated with a fire safety message from Beaudoin.
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