Two structure fires result in damage
The Jefferson County Fire Department responded to two structure fires, Nov. 13 and 17, which resulted in significant damage over the past week.
On Sunday, JCFD was called to the report of a fire at 7:50 p.m. in a vacant mobile home at 5770 NW Columbia Drive.
"On arrival the mobile home was mostly involved with fire," said Tom Jaca, maintenance captain for the JCFD. "There were no other structures threatened by the fire."
The mobile home, which was owned by George Pienaar, was a total loss. The cause of the fire remains under investigation.
The fire department responded with nine volunteers and three staff members with two engines, one truck, one water tender, a command vehicle and a medic vehicle.
The Jefferson County Sheriff's Office and Jefferson County Emergency Medical Services offered mutual aid.
Last Wednesday, a structure fire was reported at 6:33 a.m. in the 600 block of Northeast Lakeside Drive, in Madras,
Upon arrival, firefighters found a fire that had started in a kitchen closet of a home. The occupants of the residence had escaped out a bedroom window, since the fire in the kitchen blocked other escape routes.
"First arriving fire crews made sure all members of the home were out safely and made fire attack in the front door," reported Kasey Skaar, deputy chief.
A total of five volunteers and five members responded, with the second crew establishing a water supply and providing backup to the first crew.
"Fire was knocked down quickly and crews moved to ventilation, salvage and overhaul," Skaar noted, adding that the cause of the fire appeared to be a malfunction of the water heater.
Damage to the house and its contents was estimated at $50,000.
Skaar expressed appreciation for personnel from Deschutes Valley Water District, the JCSO, and JCEMS, which were all on scene.
Offering a reminder to local residents, Skaar said, "Please make sure to have working smoke alarms in home and in every bedroom. Always make sure to have at least two ways out of your house and have a meeting place for your family."
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