Fires burn Centralia house, Mossyrock garage

Wednesday, November 30, 2011 at 9:16 am

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

Fire broke out in a Centralia home last night on North Tower Avenue causing extensive damage.

Firefighters called about 7:45 p.m. said it appeared the fire was burning toward the front of the house but then discovered it had may have begun in an attic near the rear, Riverside Fire Authority Capt. Terry Ternan said.

A resident who was sleeping was awakened by a smoke detector and escaped out the front door, Ternan said.

His wife and children were not home at the time, and they will all stay with relatives, Ternan said.

The one-story wood frame house is on the 1000 block of North Tower Avenue.

The man was evaluated by paramedics, Ternan said he assumed for smoke inhalation.

The cause is under investigation.

A Mossyrock family was a little more fortunate yesterday when an RV inside their carport caught fire.

Lewis County Fire District 3 was called about 1:20 p.m. to the 300 block of Mossyrock Road West.

“It extended to the garage area but the house virtually had no damage at all,” Fire Chief Doug Fosburg said.

Nobody was home at the time, Fosburg said.

More than a dozen firefighters battled the blaze that appeared to have originated with an electrical issue in the motor home, according to Fosburg.

“We got the fire knocked down pretty good, but we spent a lot of time overhauling to make sure there weren’t any hot spots,” he said.

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A garage, storage area, carport and motor home burn on the 300 block of Mossyrock Road West. / Courtesy photo by Taryn Houghtelling

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