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Fifth-wheel trailer fire displaces couple in Deer Island
A couple in Deer Island lost all of its belongings and a family pet on Wednesday, Sept. 28, after a fire destroyed the fifth-wheel trailer where they were temporarily staying.
The fire broke out just before 1 a.m. Wednesday in the 32000 block of Canaan Road, near a trailer owned by Jenni and Troy Hannemann. The Hannemanns son and his fiancé had been living in the RV for just one day while moving out of their apartment in Beaverton.
The fire quickly spread to a nearby shed, several parked vehicles and an 18-foot boat, destroying most of the involved property, according to the family and fire officials.
At 12:42 a.m., Columbia River Fire and Rescue were called to the scene and found the 40-foot travel trailer in a fully-involved fire. The flames were extinguished in 15 minutes, but crews remained on scene for 90 minutes to put out hotspots. Thirteen firefighters were on scene along with two fire engines and two water tenders, according to a press release from the department.
Jordan McCoy woke up Wednesday morning shortly before 1 a.m. when he smelled smoke outside of the trailer and alerted his fiancé, Taylor Krumm, who was asleep inside. The couple was able to get out safely, but were not able to save their cat who was killed in the blaze.
Its unclear if the fire started inside the RV or near it, and the cause is still under investigation.
While fire crews were enroute, Troy Hannemann said he attempted to move McCoys car away from the trailer before it was compromised, but a small fire had already sparked inside the engine. After he had successfully moved the the car, Hannemann went back to the trailer and attempted to put out the fire with a garden hose, alongside McCoy. The fire inside the car reignited, however, totalling it, Hanneman said Wednesday afternoon.
Hanneman was treated on scene for smoke inhalation, but was not transported to the hospital.
McCoy and Krumm lost all of their personal belongings in the fire, including their phones, identification, clothes and money the couple had received as a gift to help pay for their wedding next July.
The couple is staying with family temporarily until it can find an apartment to rent, but now do not have a motor vehicle, the Hannemanns said. Friends of the family have set up an online fundraising account on GoFundMe to collect donations to help the young couple.
Damage estimates are $40,000, including contents of the trailer, which the family had purchased less than a week earlier, according to the press release.