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Elk City man listed as ‘satisfactory’ after fire that destroyed two homes

— An Elk City man remains under treatment in Seattle for injuries suffered in a house fire last week.

Richard “Rick” Joe Henry, 52, received burns and a laceration resulting from the Tuesday, June 7, fire, according to Cocoa Anderson, secretary-treasurer, Elk City Volunteer Fire Department (ECVFD). Henry is undergoing treatment at Harborview Medical Center where as of press time he was listed in satisfactory condition.

Cause of the fire is unknown, according to Anderson, that burned both Henry’s home and an adjacent unoccupied home on Mother Lode Road. Arson is not believed a factor, and there is speculation whether it could be related to a lightning storm two hours prior to the incident. At this point, determination on a fire marshal investigation is pending discussion with Henry following his discharge from treatment.

“Our guys got out there as quickly as possible,” Anderson said, “but by that time it was completely engulfed. Nothing you could do but prevent the fire from spreading elsewhere.”

Two ECVFD units and six firefighters responded to the 11:33 p.m. 911 call to 1300 Mother Lode Road, according to an Idaho County Sheriff’s Office report. Henry was already outside the structure, injured, according to Anderson, and taken by the Elk City Ambulance to meet Life Flight.

As the fire was well involved through the structure, crews focused on preventing it from spreading to adjacent Avista power poles and lines, and the nearby forest, according to Anderson.

Both log-built structures were a total loss, and Henry also lost a Dodge pickup in the fire.

Henry lost his personal property and belongings in the fire. Help with replacements is being managed through the ECVFD; call 842-2466.


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