Photo by David Rauzi
Crews with the Grangeville Volunteer Fire Department put water on a gutted camp trailer, one of several property items destroyed when a fire moved through a shop on East South First Street. The fire had numerous flammable items that made suppression efforts difficult. Although the shop and its contents were destroyed, firefighters kept the adjacent residence safe from damage with a deluge of water.
As of Wednesday, September 30, 2015
GRANGEVILLE Cause and point of origin are currently unknown for a Sunday afternoon fire that blazed through a Grangeville shop destroying vehicles, tools and personal property.
No injuries were reported in the Sept. 27 fire called in at 1:23 p.m. at Don and Carol Warden’s property, 228 East South First Street, which was insured. Grangeville Volunteer Fire Department personnel were on scene within two minutes of the 9-1-1 call.
The fire destroyed the pole storage building, an adjacent camp trailer, a pickup, UTV and ATV, along with tools and welding equipment and supplies.
“This was an interesting fire,” said Chief Dan Tackett, specifically due to the large amount of combustibles in and near the structure that included propane, acetylene, ammunition, tires and a woodpile. “And the black smoke plume everyone saw was the camper burning,” he added, caused from the fire consuming plastics used in its construction.
Twelve firefighters and four engines responded to the scene with crews involved in not only tackling the shop, fully engulfed upon arrival, but in removing flammable materials and especially protecting the adjacent residence only 40 feet away. A deluge gun protected the residence with a continued cooling waterfall, and two nearby cargo trailers were removed as they began to catch fire.
“The initial fire was knocked down in about a half hour to 45 minutes,” Tackett said, but it took between two to three hours to chase down the remaining hotspots through the debris, made difficult due to the collapsed tin from the burned structure.
Assisting agencies on scene were Grangeville Police Department and Syringa Ambulance EMTs.