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Fire destroys travel trailer, camper

A firefighter wets down a pickup truck with a burned out bed and a travel trailer early Friday afternoon. Houses to either side of the parked vehicles were undamaged, and the fire was rapidly extinguished by local fire crews.

A firefighter wets down a pickup truck with a burned out bed and a travel trailer early Friday afternoon. Houses to either side of the parked vehicles were undamaged, and the fire was rapidly extinguished by local fire crews. Photo by Mark Gibson.

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Fire at Irvine

Fire destroyed a pickup truck and travel trailer parked off Irvine Street Friday afternoon.

Fire destroyed a pickup truck and travel trailer parked off Irvine Street Friday afternoon.

Trailer fire spreads damage

The cause of a camp trailer fire that quickly spread to include a camper and pickup, trees and a neighboring fence in the 1000 block of Irvine Street in west The Dalles remains under investigation. Mid-Columbia Fire and Rescue and Dallesport Volunteer Fire Department responded to the 10:56 a.m. call. “We had multiple vehicles and campers on fire,” said Capt. Fred Coleman. “It was down a long driveway so it was in a confined space.” No one was in the vehicle or campers, Coleman said. A simultaneous ambulance call split the forces available to fight the fire, leaving the scene a bit short on manpower, “Plus it was hotter than heck,” Coleman said. “We were short-staffed, but we got her done.” The initial blaze was controlled within about eight minutes. The last Mid-Columbia Fire and Rescue vehicle left the scene at 12:24 p.m.

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