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Friday fire destroys home in Kooskia

KOOSKIA – Cause is undetermined for a Friday afternoon fire that destroyed a Kooskia residence.

“The house was fully involved,” when crews arrived, said Chief Mark Anderson, Kooskia Fire Department. “We were able to keep it from spreading anywhere else,” protecting some nearby outbuildings; however, the structure – a trailer home with add-ons — and its contents were lost.

Damage was too substantial for firefighters to determine cause of the fire or its place of origin, according to Anderson, though it is suspected to have been accidental.

Eight personnel and two engines responded Feb. 7 to a 12:20 p.m. call from Bruce Finnell advising his single-story house at 111 Depot Street was on fire. Scene assistance was provided by the Kooskia ambulance, Avista and the Idaho County Sheriff’s Office. No injuries were reported, and no one was at the home at the time of the fire.

“We’ve had a lot of fires since the first of the year, and a lot have been heating related,” Anderson said; seven so far, and two of these, he added, were pretty significant. The colder weather puts a lot of stress on heating systems, “and that’s where people have problems.”

“Any form of heat can be potentially dangerous,” he continued. Residents need to regularly check and clean their heating systems, and keep them maintained.

“That really cuts down on the risk of fires,” Anderson said.

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