Fire at private residence in Bay City

Photo by Hilary Dorsey.

Firefighters and law enforcement responded to a structure fire on Tuesday, July 9, at 9:58 a.m. at a private residence on Warren Street in Bay City. Bay City Fire, Garibaldi Fire and Rescue, Rockaway Beach Fire, Tillamook Fire District, and Tillamook Ambulance were dispatched to the scene.

Upon arrival, fire personnel found a fully involved structure with power lines down, preventing access to the front of the residence. Fire personnel conducted defensive fire operations until Tillamook Public Utilities District arrived and cut power to the residence. Fire personnel then conducted an offensive internal attack, and the fire was knocked down by 10:46 a.m. Fire personnel remained at the scene until about 1 p.m., conducting overhaul of the structure to locate a deeply seated fire within the ceiling structure of the residence. Crews were supported by Bay City Public Works employees and a backhoe to gain access to the center of the heavily damaged structure.

According to Bay City Fire Chief Darrell Griffith, it was a second alarm fire. The initial fire was conducted by Engine 31-14 from Garibaldi Fire, Engine 71-11 from Tillamook Fire, Engine 41-13 and Engine 41-11 from Bay City Fire. In total, there were approximately 16 fire personnel and two paramedics. Tillamook Ambulance Unit 31-41 provided standby coverage during internal operations, Rockaway Beach Fire Engine 21-12 provided coverage for Garibaldi, and Tillamook Fire District’s Engine 73-14 provided coverage for Tillamook. Tillamook PUD, Tillamook County Sheriff’s Department, and Bay City Public Works assisted with operations.

The structure of the residence and all of its contents were heavily damaged by fire. A trailer that was parked adjacent to the structure was also partially consumed by the fire.

There were no civilian or fire-related injuries. Damage was estimated at $240,000 and the cause of the fire remains undetermined at this time.

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