Loss of trailer, contents in early morning fire Feb. 16, at Tops Trailer Park, estimated at about $7,000.

HOLLY M. GILL - An early morning fire Feb. 16 burned a mobile home at Tops Trailer Park. The cause of the fire, which originated in the bedroom, is under investigation. No one was home when it started.A mobile home at Tops Trailer Park was a total loss following and early morning fire Feb. 16.

The fire at 23 NW Depot Road, Space 19, was reported just after midnight. The Jefferson County Fire Department responded to the single-wide trailer, and found rapidly spreading fire in the residence, which was not occupied at the time of the fire.

Capt. Kasey Skaar said that the first arriving engine protected the nearby exposures and aggressively attacked the fire.

"The fire originated in the bedroom area," said Skaar, noting that the cause is under investigation. "We can't rule out electrical or human-caused."

The fire threatened nearby mobile homes behind the unit. "There was exposure to a second one, but we caught it," he said.

The fire department responded with three staff members and 10 volunteers, along with two engines and two command vehicles. Jefferson County Emergency Medical Services provided mutual aid, but there were no injuries, Skaar said.

The mobile home, owned by Phil and Brigitte Morsman, and rented by Jose Gurrola, was a total loss, with the contents estimated at about $5,000 and the trailer at about $2,000.

Firefighters were on the scene for about three and a half hours.

Skaar praised the volunteers, who spent most of their night working on the fire. "Some have to go back to work or class," he said.

The American Red Cross - Cascades Region responded to the fire at about 3 p.m., providing resources to address the renter's immediate needs, such as temporary housing, food, clothing, toiletries and information about recovery services.

The trailer fire at Tops Trailer Park was at least the sixth in the last five years. Two mobile homes were burned on Aug. 17, 2013; another on Dec. 19, 2013; and two more on April 14, 2017.

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