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Firefighter injured in Dickey Prairie Road house fire


by: COURTESY OF MOLALLA FIRE DISTRICT: JENNA HIRD  - Molalla firefighters checked for hot spots this weekend at a fire that destroyed a Dickey Prairie Road house Saturday. One firefighter was slightly injured in the blaze.A Molalla family lost its Dickey Prairie home to fire Saturday morning. One firefighter was injured while battling the blaze.

Molalla Fire Chief Vince Stafford said homeowner Richard Wymmer called the Molalla Fire District at about 8 a.m. Saturday, March 23, to report the fire at 34926 Dickey Prairie Road.

“They were home when they noticed the smoke alarm going off,” he said. “When we got there, the second story and roof was fully involved. ”

Molalla firefighter Justin Clug was inside the house fighting the blaze when sheetrock crashed onto his head and shoulders, Stafford said. Clug was treated and released at a local hospital.

“He will be sore for a few days, but he’ll be fine,” Stafford said.

Stafford said Molalla Fire District had mutual aid from Clackamas Fire District 1, Canby, Colton and Estacada fire districts. AMR ambulance covered the Molalla District while firefighters were out fighting the fire, he said.

“The house will be a total loss, but we were able to keep the flames from spreading to the garage,” he said. “We were out there four hours extinguishing the fire.”

Since it was a rural area, firefighters needed three water tenders, one from Molalla, Estacada and Colton, to provide enough water. The cause of the fire is still undetermined, but it looks like it started upstairs, he said.

American Red Cross assisted the family of two adults and one child, after the fire displaced them and their pets. Red Cross provided food, clothing, shoes, seasonal garments, lodging, health services, comfort kits and information about health and mental health services, said spokeswoman Kim Upham.