Fire District 4 had a very busy weekend with a barn fire and fatal in 5th wheel

5th wheel is destroyed on Oct 8th blaze
5th wheel is destroyed on Oct 8th blaze

Fire Prevention Week turned out to be anything but that for Fire District No. 4.
On Saturday, Oct. 5 at 9:34 p.m. fire was reported in the barn owned by Kathy and Roy Meyers, 300 block of Elk Creek Rd. (near Hwy 62). The metal building contained 20 ton of alfalfa and some five tons of cedar chips.  The couple got their horses out safely and put them in neighboring pastures. Prospect and Fire District 3 also responded. The hay and chips were pulled out of the barn. Crews were on the scene until after 3 a.m. There were no injuries and no loss of life to the animals.
Fire District No. 4 responded to the serious motor vehicle accident
south of Shady Cove, which occurred on Sunday, Oct. 6 and is covered
elsewhere in this issue.
There were two or three small
brush fires and then on Monday, Oct. 8 at approximately 1:20 p.m. the
District was toned out to a fire on Hwy. 227 where a 5th wheel was
reported on fire. Smoke was seen by a neighbor who reported it and
tried to put it out with a hose. There was a propane tank and a small
outbuilding nearby. The 5th wheel was fully involved when fire arrived.

ODF responded as the fire was going into the trees. District 4 was assisted by a unit from Fire District No. 3 in Eagle Point.
5th wheel was occupied and the occupant did not survive the fire. As of
Thursday morning, Oct. 11, there was  no official word from the coroner
or from the fire marshal but it is believed to have been 83-year-old
Thomas Leon Denman who succumbed in the fire. The cause likely was a
cigarette, said District 4 Chief Bob Miller. Denman was the caretaker
for the property owners. He previously owned Flycaster’s RV Park.
By Nancy Leonard
Of the Independent

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