La Pine family loses home; 2nd fire at residence in last 11 months

Fire destroyed a manufactured home Sunday in La Pine, killing the family’s dog, officials said.

La Pine Rural Fire Protection District firefighters responded at 11:25 Sunday night to a fire at 52204 Pine Forest Road. Fire Chief Mike Supkis said animals were trapped inside and the fire was extending to nearby vehicles and threatening nearby structures and trees. The 30 x 50 single story manufactured home with multiple additions was owned by Alice P. Silva who lived there with her daughter Rebecca and four-year-old grandson, Supkis said.

The fire was first noticed in the wall of the home and there were two working smoke detectors. Supkis said the people inside were surprised how quickly the smoke and fire spread and were just able to evacuate.

Twenty-one firefighters responded with an engine, a medic, three tenders, and four support units to find the home fully involved as well as a couple of vehicles. Firefighters were able stop the fire from extending to a near-by garage and a RV on the property which also had an occupant, and surrounding forest and neighbors.

Firefighters shuttled over 25,000 gallons of water to the non-hydranted area to battle the blaze. Crews were able to locate at least one family cat and dog who were found safe-but at large, and old family dog did not make it out of the home.

The home and all belongings were a total loss. The has not been determined but occupants noted that the home had ongoing electrical issues, Supkis said. In fact, in December 2018, the fire district had responded to an electrical fire in the wall of the residence.

There were no injuries except to the family dog. American Red Cross responded to initiate assistance to the displaced residents.

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