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Fire guts trailer, destroys much of homeowner's property

Rainier mobile home burns overnight


by: COURTESY OF COLUMBIA RIVER FIRE & RESCUE - Fire damage to Timothy Loop's mobile home at the Western Hills Mobile Home Park south of Rainier.A single-wide mobile home was heavily damaged in a fire overnight Sunday, May 11, at the Western Hills Mobile Home Park south of Rainier, according to the local fire district.

Columbia River Fire & Rescue said it responded to the trailer fire at the park on Doan Road at 11:05 p.m., along with the Clatskanie Rural Fire District. They found that a park resident had “largely controlled” the fire by the time fire crews arrived by using a garden hose, according to CRF&R.

The news release from CRF&R identified the mobile home's occupant as Timothy Loop. Loop attempted to combat the fire that started behind his entertainment center with an extinguisher before the smoke forced him to evacuate, according to the fire district's report. He was treated on-scene for symptoms of smoke inhalation that CRF&R characterized as “minor.”

It took fire crews about two hours to fully extinguish the fire, CRF&R said. Damage to the trailer, which it described as “deemed close to a total loss,” is estimated at $30,000. Loop also lost “most of his personal possessions,” with an estimated value of $10,000, the release noted.

The cause of the fire is under investigation. No other structures or vehicles were reported as damaged in the blaze.