No one hurt in Trail house fire

A fire in Trail caused extensive damage to a manufactured home Sunday night, but the homeowner and her two dogs made it out without injury, fire officials said.

A 911 call came in at 11:40 p.m., reporting a structure fire at 881 Old Trail Creek Road. Three engines and a water tender from Jackson County Fire District No. 4, an engine from Jackson County Fire District No. 3 and about 14 firefighters responded.

The fire's cause is still under investigation, but it is believed to have started outside on the deck area.

Fire District No. 4 Chief Robert Miller said crews had to navigate a long driveway — over 1,000 feet — to access the home. Fire crews could see a glow coming up the driveway. Because of the difficult access, crews had to draw water from the tender, which stayed at the bottom of the hill. It fed water to an engine halfway up the access road, which increased the pressure and fed it the rest of the way to fire crews at the end of the driveway.

"That is one of the exercises we practice a lot," Miller said. "You may have to relay pump."

It took crews about an hour to knock the fire down. The home sustained significant damage, but the blaze did not spread to any nearby terrain.

"This one burnt pretty hard. It's pretty much a total loss," Miller said. "We still have an engine up there watching for hot spots."

The homeowner, a middle-aged woman, has insurance, Miller added.

— Ryan Pfeil

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