Cascade of Flames

April 29, 2006

Firefighters practice hose work Thursday night on West Cascade, controlling a hot practice burn at the vacated Sunset Laundromat. The burn was coordinated by Hood River Fire Department. After setting numerous small fires inside to practice techniques and expose young firefighters to smoke and flame behavior, the HRFD veterans turned the flames loose and the building was destroyed by about 9:30 p.m. The unusually prominent practice burn was observed by about 200 people at the Hood River Commons parking lot and surrounding property. (Hood River News will have more photos and details in the May 3 edition.)

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Lawnmower torches Arbor Vitae on Portland Drive

The riding lawn mower driven by Norma Cannon overheated and made contact with dry arbor vitae owned by Lee and Norma Curtis, sending more than a dozen of the tightly-packed trees up in flames. The mower, visible at far right, was totaled. No one was injured; neighbors first kept the fire at bay with garden hoses and Westside and Hood River Fire Departments responded and doused the fire before it reached any structures. Westside Fire chief Jim Trammell, in blue shirt, directs firefighters. The video was taken by Capt. Dave Smith of Hood River Fire Department. Enlarge



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