Molalla-area home destroyed, pets killed in Christmas Eve fire
A fire destroyed a Molalla-area home and killed the owner's pets on the morning of Christmas Eve.
Molalla Fire District Chief Vince Stafford said that after the investigation, the cause of the fire is undetermined. He said in terms of the difficulty of fighting a fire, this was a "horror house." The fire took six hours to be extinguished and the house is a total loss.
"We had to do extensive overhaul to get to all of the different hotspots … it was three or four feet deep inside of stuff collected, and the front of the house was basically the same, so it was difficult to get in there," Stafford said. "It also had multiple roof levels, like they had added a roof on … so we had fire burning between those different levels, and getting in there just made it really difficult."
KATU reports that Starla Seidel, who lived in the house at 29679 South Molalla Avenue between South Sprague Road and Highway 213, came home around 6 a.m. on Christmas Eve and did not see signs of a fire, but that when she opened the front door, she was pushed back onto the ground by the force of the flames that blew out through the entrance.
Seidel reportedly tried to force her way into the home to save her pets, hurting her hand in the process, but was unable to do so. The American Red Cross came to provide aid to Seidel after the fire, and she was put up in a hotel until Wednesday, according to KATU.
Neighbor Amanda Wood has started a YouCaring account with the goal of raising $10,000 and other donations to help Seidel with "housing, food, fuel, and basic daily needs." The fund's page also indicated that another individual, Jim, whose last name is unknown at this time, may have also lived in the home. $720 has been raised as of noon on Dec. 27.
MFD was assisted by the Canby Fire District, Clackamas Fire District, Colton Rural Fire Protection District, and Monitor Rural Fire Protection District.
Sports Reporter/News Contributor
503-829-2301 ext. 341
Follow us on Twitter
Like Us on Facebook
Visit Us on Instagram