On December 30, 2019 at approximately 01:02 AM. The Goldendale Fire Department tones were activated for a report of a structure fire, advising that a single wide home was fully involved, and it was undetermined if the home had been evacuated. Within a couple minutes of the initial page, KCDEM 911 Dispatch paged an update advising that the fire was extending to an adjacent home.
Chief Noah Halm arrived on scene within minutes, reporting to dispatch the initial findings and developing a plan of attack. Dispatch assisted with the request for Rural 7 fire and the response from the local utility companies. Engine 6113 arrived on scene shortly after and began executing an offensive attack, while simultaneously securing a continuous water supply from the near by hydrant. Additional units arrived within a short time doubling firefighting effort.
“We had two major objectives,” said Chief Halm, “the first objective was to account for the occupants of the first residence and the second to protect the second home, whose occupants had evacuated already. We treat each home as if it was our own, we worry for any person living there as if was one of us, because it is our neighbors.”
It was soon determined that neither the homeowner nor her son were in the home at the time of the fire. The fire had extended to a storage shed on the neighboring property, but the shed fire was quickly knocked down before it was able to ignite the second home. The fire initially proved difficult to extinguish, as it involved piled wood along the property line being stored within feet of the two homes involved.
Goldendale Fire appreciates the assistance from KCEMS -Goldendale Medic, Rural 7 Fire, Goldendale Police Department, Klickitat PUD and Avista. The cause of the fire has not been determined at this time.
The Goldendale Fire Department would like to stress to residents the importance of smoke and carbon monoxide detectors that will alert at the first signs of danger.