Feb 19, 2021 Structure Fire Goldendale

The Goldendale Fire Department was paged to a structure fire on the 100 block of Railroad Ave, Goldendale WA on February 19, 2021 at approximately 5:13 p.m.  The fire was spotted and reported by officer Stelljes of the Goldendale Police Department during his patrols. Officer Stelljes alerted dispatch of the severity of the fire and evacuated the residents. Additional GPD officers arrived to assist.  

On arrival, Engine 6113 reported the structure was completely involved. The residents had exited the residence and fire was extending to the ground floor, consuming the stairs. Engine 6113 requested the assistance of Rural 7 fire and Centerville fire departments and began a defensive attack. Firefighters were met by two cats at the door who were ready to be rescued and escaped with no visible injuries.

Because of the extent of the fire and destabilization of the structure and roof, fire crews were limited to defensive/exterior fire attack. Fire crews from Goldendale Fire, Rural 7 Fire and Centerville fire worked tirelessly through almost 7 hours to contain the fire and gain control.

Assistance from Red Cross was requested to assist the family with shelter. The Goldendale Fire Victims Fund also assisted with the family’s immediate needs.  We would also like to thank Norco medical, who was quick to respond and replace the homeowner’s durable medical equipment damaged in the fire. The immediate response of support agencies and private entities is critical at times like these.

During the mop-up, Chief Halm located “Jake” another of the family’s cats. “Jake” was located in the bedroom scared, wet and cold. Firefighters quickly assessed and tended to his immediate needs, later reuniting him with his family.

“There is no question that the quick actions and heroism of many played a role in the outcome of this incident”, said Chief Noah Halm. 

Pictured: Firefighter Sasha Halm, Captain Julianna Ontiveros and “Jake”
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