Redmond mobile home fire leaves one dead; ‘careless smoking’ to blame

A woman and her dog were killed early Sunday morning in a fast-moving fire an official said was caused by “careless smoking.”

Redmond Fire and Rescue Deputy Chief Jeff Puller said the fire started around 6:20 a.m. at the Mountain View Mobile Home Park off South Highway 97.

Fire officials on Monday afternoon identified the woman as 61-year-old Sheryl Ann Linker-Ortiz.

Puller said firefighters arrived to find a singe-wide mobile home three quarters involved with a fire driven by stiff wind and threatening a neighboring trailer. The initial 911 call said the woman was evacuating the building and was going to a neighbor’s house.

Multiple explosions were happening within the mobile home, Puller said, and firefighters and sheriff’s office deputies were not able to find the mobile home owner. When firefighters entered the rear of the trailer, they found the occupant unconscious, Puller said.

The woman was removed and taken to St. Charles in Redmond where they were pronounced dead.

Redmond firefighters also removed a dog from the home which also had died. Firefighters remained on scene to extinguish the fire and to support the fire investigation team.

A neighboring home was also moderately damaged in the blaze, Puller said.

Nearly 20 firefighters from Redmond, Bend and Crooked River Ranch responded to the scene. The estimated loss was about $25,000.

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