KOOSKIA — Cause is officially undetermined for last week’s fire just east of Kooskia that destroyed a double-wide mobile home. No injuries were reported, according to chief Mark Anderson, Kooskia Volunteer Fire Department (KVFD).

“The whole attic and the back area around the kitchen were fully involved. It was pretty hot,” Anderson said, on the incident, reported last Tuesday, Sept. 28, at around 2:08 p.m., at 5609 U.S. Highway 12. No one was home at the time of the fire, which was called in by a passersby.

“All we could do was to prevent the spread. It was a water issue; the amount of water that we could get up there,” he said, as the quarter-mile driveway was not wide enough for fire department tenders, as well as being too rough to traverse. Instead, water was shuttled in smaller trucks to firefighters. “Having a good water source you can tap into — a pond or hydrant — makes a huge difference. If you have to shuttle water, it really reduces what you can do.”

Adding to the difficulty, three to four cords of firewood were stored underneath the porch, which added fuel and heat to the fire.

“It’s a good thing not to stack firewood against a house,” Anderson said, “because if there is a fire, it’s pretty hard to put out a pile of firewood. You pretty much have to disassemble the pile.”

Three KVFD apparatus were on scene, with mutual aid provided by Kamiah Fire-Rescue and Ridge Runner Volunteer Fire Department water tenders. Eight firefighters were on scene.

The house and contents were a total loss, and the fire was contained to the scene. Anderson also said a cat was reported lost in the fire.

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