Blaze destroys bunk house on Joseph ranch

Kathleen Ellyn/ChieftainKathleen Ellyn/ChieftainFirefighters from multiple agencies worked to contain a fire in the bunkhouse on property owned by Donald and Lois Hough, just off Bicentennial Lane outside of Joseph. The building was a total loss.

Joseph and Enterprise Fire Departments responded to a fire at the Donald and Lois Hough property at the juncture of Tenderfoot Valley Road and Bicentennial Lane Nov. 8 at approximately 3:45 p.m.

The bunkhouse on the old Beaudoin Homestead property, now owned by the Houghs, was fully engulfed, and firefighters were not able to save it.

The bunkhouse and nearby home were moved from an airbase to the property after WWII ended and although both were in daily use, neither was rented or used as a full-time dwelling, according to Lois Hough.

The Houghs live in a separate dwelling off Bicentennial Lane.

Lois Hough said that one of the farm workers, Bruce M Writh, notified the fire department. Writh also assisted firefighters after the fire was out by using a farm tractor to take down the remaining structure for safety.

No one was injured and the cause of the fire remains under investigation according to Wallowa County Fire Chief Paul Karvoski.

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