A 66-year-old woman died in a mobile home fire in Stevenson Wednesday night, according to the Skamania County Sheriff’s Office.
Fire crews and deputies responded around 7:22 p.m. after a woman called 911 and reported her neighbor’s home was on fire. When crews arrived at the scene, they found a single-wide trailer on fire and learned a resident was still inside.
A deputy and fire personnel worked together to pull 66-year-old Ella Louise Moore out of the home.
Firefighters encountered heavy smoke and extreme heat when they entered, so they cut a hole in the back of the trailer to remove Moore.
Firefighters tried to resuscitate Moore, but she died at the scene.
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Retired Riverside Fire Authority Capt. Ken Colombo was named 2018 Volunteer Fire Officer of the Year Sunday night at the 95th annual Washington State Firefighters Association conference.
Colombo retired in 2014 but has continued to volunteer with the RFA.
“Captain Colombo is a highly valued member of our department and our community,” according to a media release from the RFA. “His unwavering commitment and contributions to recruitment, training, fire investigations, juvenile fire-setter counseling, fire/injury prevention and emergency response have now been recognized statewide.”
Colombo started as a volunteer with then-Lewis County Fire District 12 in 1974 and 10 years later became a full-time firefighter, his career for 30 years.
Lawrence Goncalves stood inside the large bay doors of the Spokane Fire Department’s Station 1 and looked around. Somehow, even 30 years after his departure, things looked remarkably similar.
“Back there was the kitchen,” he said last week. And the bunk beds, just behind that wall. Those doors, where the engines would race through before turning onto Riverside Avenue, as big then as now.
Of course, some things had changed – the new fire engines and the bright red paint, the unfamiliar faces. And across the street, where a butcher’s shop once hung strips of beef in the window, a Banner Bank.
“We ate good back then,” Goncalves said with a smile.
Marysville Police have arrested three teens they suspect were involved in a trio of fires set outside Pinewood Elementary schools over the past week.
Just after 5:30 a.m. on Saturday, firefighters extinguished a small fire in a green recycling bin near the gym. On Monday, firefighters found a dumpster fire outside the school just after 2:15 a.m. There was also a smoldering fire in a portable restroom. Then on Wednesday about 4:30 a.m. there was another dumpster fire. It was in the same dumpster as the previous fire. No one was injured in any of the fires and there was no damage to school buildings.
Three suspects were captured on school security cameras and led to their arrest.
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Gov. Jay Inslee addressed wildfire preparedness agencies in Wenatchee on Wednesday, speaking at a reception for the Washington State Fire Adapted Learning Communities Network.
The network, established about four years ago, brings together local communities with state, federal and nonprofit programs that aim to prepare for wildfires, and aid recovery efforts after they happen.
“I want to thank you four your efforts,” Inslee told the group. “Because you are saving from fire the most beautiful state in the United States, the state of Washington.” The reception at Pybus Public Market Events Center marked the start of a weekend Learning Network conference. Participants earlier in the day took a Link Transit tour of the Wenatchee Valley, and heard from the Okanogan County Long Term Recovery Group working to rebuild after the 2015 mega fires.
Karla Moran was visiting her mother around 8:50 a.m. when she heard an explosion from across the road in the Ridgeview Estates mobile home park.
“We came out and everything was engulfed,” Moran said. “It was a hot fire.”
When Yakima Fire Department Shift Commander Jennifer Norton arrived, the flames had spread to a second home on the east side, which was burning on the inside. Fire crews kept the fire from spreading to a third home and then concentrated efforts on knocking down the fires in the two burning homes, Norton said.
A plume of black smoke from the blaze was visible across the city.
Fire crews had flames knocked down by 10 a.m. but remained to douse hot spots.
Nobody was in the homes at the time of the fires, Moran said.
The cause of the fire is under investigation, Norton said.