BY MELANIE BUCK –
Firefighters battled two blazes in two parts of the county on Friday, January 6, 2017 in the midst of snow covered roads. Dallas Valley Volunteer Fire Department was called to a fire at a welding shop on Polk Road 401. Firefighters were dispatched around 10:30 a.m. after a call was made to 911. The cause of the fire came from a fallen pipe from a wood stove inside the shop.
In Wickes, firefighters were paged out just after 11:30 a.m. on Friday morning after a call came in to 911 reporting a fire inside Cossatot River State Park at the superintendent’s house. The fire began as a flue fire and the home was a complete loss.
All occupants of the home were uninjured, however, they lost all of their possessions. A fundraiser has been set up for the Farringer Family who resided in the residence. On January 28, a dinner and auction will be held at Wickes Elementary Cafeteria to benefit the family. Anyone wanting to donate items for the auction can bring them to the Wickes Elementary Cafeteria as early as 10:00 a.m. on January 28th.