One occupant was burned as they escaped a fire that destroyed much of their home Friday afternoon in the 1400 block of Nevada Street. The second occupant was not injured.
The fire at 1405 Nevada was reported by a neighbor just after 1 p.m., said Bob Palmer, chief of Mid-Columbia Fire & Rescue.
Homeowner Christopher Godsil moved to the home about two years ago, Palmer said, and has homeowners insurance.
One occupant noticed fire in a loveseat sofa and tried to put it out with tap water, Palmer said. The occupant escaped as the fire grew, but had to go past the burning couch, he said, and was burned.
The victim was taken to Mid-Columbia Medical Center, and was treated and released, Palmer said.
The family’s dog escaped the fire, but their cat did not, Palmer added.
Whether the house is a total loss is a call made by the insurance company, Palmer said. “I would say the house, it was still standing, but it was gutted.”
Palmer said Monday afternoon it was still unknown what caused the fire, and he was going to investigate further.
Palmer said firefighters arrived to find flames and smoke involving the living room, dining room and attic area of the roughly 1,200-square-foot single-story home.
They were able to knock the fire down fairly quickly and were able to start looking for hidden fire to prevent any opportunities for rekindling the fire.
Up to 15 firefighters responded, along with The Dalles Police Department, and the fire was brought under control within 30 minutes.
He said the American Red Cross came to help the family and put them up at a local motel.
The family could not be reached for comment.
In a press release, the fire department offered fire safety points:
• Practice exit drills in the home, and have two ways out and a meeting place once you’re outside.
• Have working smoke detectors in your home. Check them in the spring and fall when Standard and Daylight savings time changes.
• To prevent injury, avoid extinguishing a fire in your home, unless it is small enough to do so. It is safer to escape and call the fire department. Upon exiting, make sure to shut the door to your exit point to hold the fire in check.