[UPDATE 2:33 p.m.] Structure on Fire in Redway; Multiple Crews Responding
A black column of smoke is rising in Redway as multiple people call to report a fire near the corner of Orchard Lane and Birdie Street. [More recent info says that it was off Redway Drive behind another home.]
“One [reporting person] is stating there are animals in the house,” according to Cal Fire dispatch. All people are reported to be out though.
UPDATE 12:41 p.m.: Small structure completely involved. Power lines arcing. “One resident injured at the residence.” Ambulance requested.
UPDATE 12:51 p.m.: Redway Drive is now closed. Please use other routes.
UPDATE 12:52 p.m.: “Looks like we’ve got a bit of spread into wildland at this point,” reports the incident commander from the scene.
UPDATE 12:59 p.m.: Video from Armand Moore. He reports that many people are saying they heard an explosion before the fire.
UPDATE 1:01 p.m.: Reports from the scene indicate that over a quarter acre has burned around the structure
which is situated on a large corner area.
UPDATE 1:11 p.m.: Luis Ruiz reports that the helicopter called for earlier is now on scene. Dispatch indicated that it would be looking for places where embers might have spread the fire.
UPDATE 1:21 p.m.: More fire crews arrive to fight the fire.
UPDATE 1:24 p.m.: Cal Fire’s Laura Coleman tells us the fire started at 12:32 p.m. “Redway, Garberville and CAL FIRE including C102 are at incident actively fighting a residential structure fire with about a quarter acre vegetation involved. Power lines are down; one patient transported to hospital (unknown condition); multiple pets at scene (…unknown condition). Incident is still ongoing…”
UPDATE 1:35 p.m.: PG&E lines are now secured but telephone representatives are requested to deal with burned phone lines.
UPDATE 1:51 p.m.: Fire is reported contained, according to scanner traffic.
UPDATE 2:06 p.m.: A residence was completely destroyed and one resident was taken to Gerald Phelps hospital for burns.
UPDATE 2:14 p.m.: The pets were not in the home!
UPDATE 2:33 p.m.: According to Cal Fire spokesperson Laura Coleman, The fire is contained and “some resources being released but still heavy commitment of fire resources.”
UPDATE: The area is cleared.