Early morning blaze destroys home

The fire melted the canopy and taillight of the property owner’s truck parked next to the structure.

By Steve Tool

Wallowa County Chieftain

Published on September 18, 2018 2:55PM

Not much remains of the interior of this manufactured home located at 600 W. Greenwood St. in Enterprise after a blaze raced through the structure in the early morning hours of Sept. 14.

Steve Tool/Chieftain

Not much remains of the interior of this manufactured home located at 600 W. Greenwood St. in Enterprise after a blaze raced through the structure in the early morning hours of Sept. 14.

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No one was injured in a blaze that destroyed a manufactured home at 600 Greenwood St. Space 26 Friday morning. Enterprise Fire Department and emergency services personnel responded to the blaze shortly after 4 a.m. Arriving on scene, they discovered a double-wide trailer home completely engulfed in flames and requested Joseph Fire Department as backup.

Enterprise Assistant Fire Chief Dan Niezen said the crew battled to keep the blaze from destroying nearby structures. The fire melted the canopy and taillight of the property owner’s truck parked next to the structure.

Niezen said that the neighbors who woke up smelling smoke and burning plastic and reported the blaze were able to rescue the building’s sole occupant. He was later transported to Wallowa Memorial Hospital by ambulance.

“It was a tough one to fight, but thankfully, there was no one in it,” Niezen said. “It’s a sad deal, but it’s a good day when everybody lives.”

Fire crews were able to keep the blaze from spreading by surrounding it and attacking it from all sides.

“If you can get on it and start knocking the flames down, and you don’t have a wind pushing it, that helps get a handle on it,” Niezen said. “That’s why we have big hoses and lots of water.”

Although Niezen said that fires in manufactured homes will often destroy the entire structure, the metal shell also helps keep the fire contained, much like an oven. He added that it can be a drawback for the interior as the sheathing acts like a chimney in helping the fire roar from one end to the other.

The cause of the blaze is yet undetermined. A state fire marshal was on scene shortly before 9 a.m. and is investigating the incident.

The Chieftain made several attempts to determine what aid and assistance the property owner might need in the aftermath, but no details were available prior to press deadline.



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