One dead in Wednesday in North Cove camper fire

Local news

One person is dead after a fire Wednesday in North Cove that destroyed two recreational vehicles and a camper and damaged an adjacent home.

The South Beach Regional Fire Authority was alerted by a neighboring homeowner that a camper was fully engulfed in flames on Pine Street shortly after 2 p.m. Pine Street is just west of State Route 105, two blocks north of Warrenton Cannery Road.

“We believe that the fire started in the camper where the (victim) was living on site,” said Battalion Chief Daryl Brown. “All three of the campers, including the one that was being lived in, were fully engulfed upon arrival of the fire authority.” There was also a home just 10 feet from the blaze.

Engine 311, a pumper/tender rig, was first to arrive on scene, establishing a command post and working to put out the fire. In total, four tenders, two medic units, one aid unit and one engine responded to the blaze, with 12 career and volunteer firefighters and three support responders.

Crews attacked the fire in the recreational vehicles, camp trailer and surrounding trees while protecting the threatened residence nearby.

“We were able to isolate the damage to the residence to a small area of the exterior portion,” said Brown. “So, fortunately, the fire did not engulf the residence.”

The camper, with the victim inside, and two recreational vehicles were total losses. The Pacific County fire investigation team is heading up the investigation, said Brown.