Gales Creek home ‘a total loss’ after fire

Washington County

Fire broke out inside home in 14000 block of Northwest Lyda Drive

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — A house was completely destroyed after it caught fire Friday afternoon in the Gales Creek area.

Forest Grove Fire said crews were sent out to the blaze at about 3:30 p.m. on the 14000 block of Northwest Lyda Drive in Washington County. They arrived to find a double-wide manufactured home “well involved with fire.” Power lines at the edge of the home’s driveway posed a significant obstacle as firefighters worked on the fire, and due to the home’s rural surroundings, there were no fire hydrants nearby, and crews had to bring water to the scene in trucks.

The dog saved from a house fire near Gales Creek. October 25, 2019 (Forest Grove Fire and Rescue)

A resident and their dog were able to safely escape the house fire, but a cat is still missing. No one was injured, reported Forest Grove Fire. The manufactured home was considered a total loss by fire officials.

Highway 6 was closed in both directions at milepost 41 for about an hour, according to the Washington County Sheriff’s Office. One lane was opened shortly after 5 p.m. and traffic was directed by a flagger for another two hours. The highway was completely reopened after 7 p.m.

Forest Grove Fire said the exact cause of the fire is still under investigation. Before the fire started, there was a power outage in the area, but officials said they were uncertain if the outage and the fire were related.

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