By Rebecca Gourley

Home burns to ground in fire



WAKE OF THE FIRE: Mike Wright walks through the debris of his home on Austin Road that burned to the ground Saturday morning, as his brother David looks on.

Seven people were displaced after a fire ran rampant through a home at 432 Austin Road, taking everything inside with it to the ground.

Alexis and Mike Wright and Jessica Quantrell and her four children were all sleeping when Quantrell smelled smoke in the dining room. Alexis reported that Mike tried to put the fire out but it just got bigger.

Rural 7 Fire Department Chief Anthony Browning reported that the cause of the fire is still being investigated. Browning stated, “The structure was on the ground” when they arrived at the scene. They requested mutual aid from Goldendale and Centerville Fire Departments.

“We grabbed the kids and the puppies and got out,” recalled Alexis. There were eight puppies that were safely extracted from the home, but the puppies’ mother did not make it out, says Alexis.

Mike Wright works at Goldendale IGA, where Manager Wes Lund offered to have his cat, which had just had kittens, take in the puppies. The cat, surprisingly, took them in as part of her litter. Sunday, a surrogate mother dog was found at Dogs of the Gorge. However, Lund said that his cat was wandering around their house and seemed to be looking for the puppies after they were gone.

According to Alexis, the orphaned puppies will get all of their shots, be spayed or neutered, micro chipped and adopted.

People from the community have already started donating items to the victims of the fire, says Alexis.

On Monday, the family was able to move what they had into a new house in Goldendale. The Wrights went to Klickitat Valley Reality on Monday and after explaining the situation, “They let us have the house, no questions asked,” said Alexis.

“It’s amazing living in such a small town, the heart that everyone has,” Alexis said of the donations they have already received.

“We lost everything,” said Alexis, who is pregnant and expecting a girl in June. “We have to start from scratch again.”

Donations can be dropped off at 521 W. Darland, a private residence, in Goldendale.


The puppies in the home that were left motherless were “adopted” by a surrogate mother cat who let them nurse. The mother cat became attached to the puppies and looked for them after they were taken to Dogs of the Gorge.


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