It may be months before Yellow House reopens

The Yellow House Thrift Store in downtown Estacada received heavy smoke and water damage, the result of an early-morning fire Saturday, June 18.

The Estacada Rural Fire Department responded to an attic fire at the thrift store, 207 N. Broadway, at about 1 a.m. Saturday.

The Yellow House is next to the Seventh-day Adventist Church, which was not damaged.

'I'm expecting a total loss of everything inside,' said Arlea Stern, director of the thrift store. 'The ceiling is totally gone and everything is covered with black smoke stain.'

Deputy Fire Chief Fred Hertel said the cause of the fire is still under investigation. He was scheduled to meet with the fire investigator Tuesday, after The Estacada News production deadline.

Items have been left on the doorstep of the store since the fire, but Stern said no one should leave anything there or go beyond the yellow caution tape.

Donations to the Yellow House may be brought to the Goodwill truck at Highway 224 and Currin Street, Stern said, 'because we cannot handle them in any way now.'

Stern said it would be months before the Yellow House re-opens its doors, but she's grateful for the quick response of the fire department.

'Someone said that from the time it was called in to the time the trucks were there was three minutes. They do a wonderful job,' Stern said.

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