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Fire destroys home when trucks bog down


Contributed: Lin Smith

UNREACHABLE FIRE: A home near Goldendale burned to the ground Sunday when responding fire trucks couldn't make it through thick mud on narrow roads.

A rural home burned completely on Sunday morning, about four miles south of Goldendale. The home, according to a neighbor, belonged to Beatrice Sealy. Sealy was outside the home when she noticed it was on fire. When she opened the door to enter the home, the fire flared up. According to the neighbor, who attempted to assist, the house was fully engulfed in flames, and Sealy was only able to rescue four of her six small dogs who were in the house at the time.

The Rural 7 and Goldendale Fire Departments attempted to reach the home, which was at the end of a steep and unimproved private road. Rescue vehicles became bogged down in the mud and were unable to get water trucks to the fire. Accor...

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