BURN BAN IN EFFECT

Stone Ridge Drive Shop Fire

PRESS RELEASE

On Tuesday, Feb. 22, at 9:46am, Kittitas County Fire District-7 firefighters raced to 2260 Stone Ridge Drive in Cle Elum where a motorhome was burning beneath a shop/garage housing miscellaneous tools and several automobiles. Prior to the arrival of KCFD7, the homeowner attempted to extinguish the fire but was unsuccessful. When KCFD7 arrived, the fire was fully involved.

The fire was quickly upgraded to a second alarm to call for additional resources. Firefighters from Kittitas County Fire District-6 in Ronald, including Chief Troy Jackson, arrived at the scene.

Crews quickly protected a nearby structure from the fire, preventing further damage and saving the structure.

A total of 12 fire department vehicles responded: three engines, one ladder truck, one air/rehab unit, one rescue truck, three tenders, one brush truck, and one command vehicle. A total of 20 fire personnel were on scene.

Units responding had a difficult time with road conditions, and the location of the fire did not allow driveway access for more than one vehicle at a time.

Due to the location of the incident, there were no available hydrants, so a nurse tender operation was established to provide a water source. This involved two rotating water tenders taking turns feeding the stationary tender that was pumping water to the attack engine.

The fire was contained to the shop/garage, except for a small corner of a neighboring outbuilding.

Crews spent almost three full hours fighting the fire to ensure complete extinguishment, and then they assisted the homeowner with overhaul and salvage of the building.

No injuries were reported. The cause of the fire has not yet been determined.