SHFAD Battle Blaze, Save Nearby Home

Photo by Sky Chappell

*Updated Wednesday, April 3

Firefighters working to put out the structure fire. Photo by Sky Chappell

The Sweet Home Fire and Ambulance District (SHFAD) was dispatched to a structure fire located at the 44000 block of Wiley Creek Road on Tuesday, April 2 at 6:26 p.m.

“We arrived to find smoke coming out of the double-wide mobile home,” said Randy Whitfield, the on-scene commander who arrived at 6:33 p.m. “It was coming out from all corners. Due to the location and the wind, it grew quite rapidly.”

SHFAD worked to put the fire out, but 20-25 feet away was a secondary mobile home that shared a common roof with the structure fire. 

“We were trying to save the camp trailer as much as we could. It was a challenge, but we were able to do that,” Whitfield said. 

Initially, SHFAD had six people on scene, but with other determining factors, this number grew substantially to about 20 by the end of the event. Lebanon Fire District responded with two engines and a medic unit, and Brownsville Fire responded with an engine.

The fire is presumed to have started from an electrical malfunction near the resident’s dryer.

Interior of the double-wide mobile home that caught fire. Photo by Sky Chappell