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Cause under investigation in Oct. 5 Stites mobile home fire

The remains of the double-wide mobile home at 420 Old School Avenue in Stites following an early morning Oct. 5 fire.

Mark Anderson
The remains of the double-wide mobile home at 420 Old School Avenue in Stites following an early morning Oct. 5 fire.



— Cause is undetermined for last week’s fire that destroyed a Stites double-wide mobile home.

The rental residence at 420 Old School Avenue was determined a total loss, according to Fire Chief Mark Anderson, Kooskia Volunteer Fire Department.

“We have a suspected area of ignition, but we do not have a cause at this time,” Anderson said. The Oct. 5 incident is under investigation.

The fire was called in at 3:20 a.m. by resident Scott Jensen, according to Idaho County Sheriff’s Dispatch. Both Kooskia and Stites fire departments’ personnel responded with a total of three engines and nine firefighters, assisted by Kooskia Ambulance EMTs and the Idaho County Sheriff’s Office. American Red Cross was contacted to assist with victim relief.

“The three residents [Scott, Marilyn Jensen and Barry Brewer] were able to get out just with what they were wearing at the time,” Anderson said. “They just barely made it out.” No injuries were reported.

Personal contents of the mobile home were lost in the fire, and two of the three vehicles parked at the location were estimated damaged beyond repair.

Although cause in this incident is still to be determined, Anderson noted with the start of the home heating season, residents should be having their systems inspected and maintained to avoid problems.



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