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Fire dislodges family of five

By Steve Tool

Wallowa County Chieftain

Published on June 13, 2017 2:31PM

A June 11 fire in Joseph claimed the upper floor of a home and forced its five occupants, including two adults and three children, to obtain shelter with the Red Cross.

Joseph Fire Department received notice of a home fire at 109 N. Mill St. 12:49 p.m. Sunday. Four engines from Joseph initially responded to the blaze.

Joseph City Fire Department chief Jeff Wecks said that emergency personnel determined that all five of the home’s occupants were out of the building. He judged that his department needed assistance fighting the fire, and Enterprise Fire Department responded. Oregon State Police and Wallowa County Sheriff’s Office responded as well.

“It’s lucky that the fire house is only a few blocks away,” Wecks said. “We were able to respond within minutes and keep the fire contained to a second-floor bedroom and hallway.”

Wecks added that much of the home suffered water damage. Fire crews stayed on the scene for four hours.

The names of the home occupants had not been released prior to press deadline. The cause of the blaze is under investigation.


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