Fire marshal: Tucker Road house fire cause remains unknown

HOUSE and contents a total loss, according to West Side fire marshal Jim Trammell.

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HOUSE and contents a total loss, according to West Side fire marshal Jim Trammell.

The July 6 fire that destroyed a home at 1303 Tucker Road in Hood River was apparently human-caused, according to Fire marshal Jim Trammell, of West Side Fire Department. The fire occurred Wednesday at 11:30 p.m.

The home is located a short distance from the West Side fire station. Among the first on scene was West Side Assistant Chief Rusty Gilbert, who lives a block away. He arrived to find the fire already vented through the roof, the home engulfed.

No one was injured in the fire. Residents Tracy Lynn Walls and her daughter were not at home, and had not been in the house since July 3, nor had anyone other than a friend who came to clean the fish tank.

A neighbor had seen the flames’ glow, and called in the alarm. No one was inside, and the cause of the fire is undetermined, according to Trammell. “It’s a total loss, house and contents,” he said.

Trammell said the fire started somewhere inside the house, but investigators are so far unable to pinpoint the precise cause. An electrical shortage or other exterior factor have been ruled out, according to Trammell.

Hood River Fire Department and Wy’East Fire District also responded, and the fire took about four hours to get under control, Trammell said.

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