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Monday morning fire destroys Elk City hangar

ELK CITY – An electrical system failure is suspected for an early morning fire Monday, June 29, that destroyed a hangar at the Elk City Airport. No injuries were reported.

Owner Curtis Jones called in the fire at 2:23 a.m.

“He saw a large flash and heard an explosion,” said Cocoa Anderson, secretary-treasurer for the Elk City Volunteer Fire Department, which apparently originated in the breaker box. He and his two dogs were in an adjacent motor home and were able to leave the scene safely.

Six firefighters and three vehicles responded to the incident and tackled the structure fire, according to Anderson, and were assisted by a Forest Service crew that kept the fire from spreading.

Jones’ motor home and pickup were saved from the fire; however, the hangar and its contents were destroyed. Jones’ airplane was parked on the apron and not damaged in the incident. Whether the structure was insured was unknown.

Scene assistance was provided by Idaho County Sheriff’s Deputy Stan Denham.


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