[Update: Adjacent Structure Threatened!] Power Lines Down as Result of Structure Fire in Rio Dell

Fire crews were requested to respond to a structure fire in the 300 block of Dixie Street in Rio Dell before 11:45 p.m. today (Thursday). According to the scanner, the blaze has resulted in downed power lines at the scene. There are no reported injuries at this time, and PG & E has been notified of the issue. We’ll update this post when we have more information.

Update 12:04 a.m.: Scanner traffic is indicating that a neighboring structure is in need of protection from the flames.

Update 12:16 a.m.: Photo by Patrick Keller (See comment below).


Update 12:26 a.m.: According to the scanner, there were two initial structures, but, at this time, there are no other structures that are reported to be threatened. The fire has been contained.

Update 2:42 a.m.: Bridget Bettis-Vaile (See comment below) has set up a gofundme page for the victim of the house fire.

From the gofundme page:

A local community member and a member of the Rio Dell Fire Department has lost everything in a house fire tonight. Fred Adams and his two kids, ages 10 (girl) and 6 (boy) have lost everything out of their house. Let’s pull together as a community and try to help him replace all that was lost.



  • Looks identical to the image I shot…. Mostly contained now. Firefighters are checking for hotspots with thermal camera.

  • great picture of a really sad event…

  • This is my brothers rental. Just the house and the shop behind it burnt. All other neighboring house are ok

  • The person who lived here has lost everything. He has two kids and is a member of the local fire department. I have started a gofundme for him. Any help would be greatly appreciated.


  • My husband rushed out of the house last night to help when he saw flames in his parents neighborhood. I am so sorry Fred that something so negative happen to you.

  • By my count 4 Firefighters have lost their homes this week, 2 in Post Mountain , 1 in Happy Valley and now 1 in Rio Dell, what a awful week.

  • My 7 year old daughter would like to give a bunch of Legos and maybe some other toys to the kids. Is there somewhere we can mail them?

  • I live a few houses down the street and im coordinating with bigfoots new and recycled treasures in rio to try and get some donation jars going and also clothing and anything else that would be needed, im wondering what sizes of clothing are in need, ive got a few familys with kids that have clothes they would like to donate. were wanting to help in anyway possible, let me know what we can do and whats needed the most.

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