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Animals perish in shop fire, two rabbits saved


by: CONTRIBUTED - The Baker family lost several animals and a great deal of supplies in the fire.A Tuesday evening shop fire in Estacada claimed the lives of several animals and destroyed two structures.

Shortly after 10 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 4, Estacada firefighters responded to a shop fire in the 3500 block of Surface Road.

Estacada Deputy Chief Gary McQueen said that when firefighters arrived, a 36-by-48 foot metal-sided shop building was fully engulfed in flames and the roof was caving in.

The shop and an animal shed were destroyed in the fire.

A new wood shed also was damaged.

“Our house was spared but the shop, garage and storage are gone. All the kids’ bikes, lawnmowers, brand new freezer with our beef for the year, fridge, all my husband’s tools, our tires to put on after the studs have to be off,” resident Tess Baker told the Estacada News in an email.

by: COURTESY OF ESTACADA RURAL FIRE DISTRICT NO. 69 - Estacada firefighter, paramedic and apparatus operator Brooke Brown carries a rabbit to safety.A goat and some rabbits died as a result of the fire, but firefighters were able to rescue two rabbits.One was given oxygen through one of the Estacada Fire Department’s pet oxygen masks.

Tess Baker, a resident at the address said that the two rabbits are doing fine now, but one is a little skittish.

In a post on the Estacada Rural Fire District No. 69’s Facebook page, fire personnel said the fire was under control within 20 minutes.

Boring and Sandy fire assisted.

Baker said her family is looking for some financial help to replace what was lost in the fire.

“We could use anything from a new shovel to pet food, or if someone wanted to put a smile on the kids faces again, bikes or something like that,” Baker wrote in an email. “We lost everything from sporting goods to mowers, all twenty year’s worth of tools, our tires and wheels to go back on after winter, two seats that go in our 15 passenger van, a new freezer full of this year’s meat, a fridge full of food, baby memories ,all the bikes, trikes, scooters, summer pool, just too much to list.”

The family has set up a GoFundMe account at www.gofundme.com/5w6og8. If you would like to help out, visit the site or contact Baker at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..