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Faith forged in fire: man takes comfort as his home is lost

 

December 5, 2018

Jaryd Cline

GONE IN MINUTES: Goldendale Fire Department personnel battle a blaze that moved with vicious speed last Thursday in the Goldendale mobile home park on Columbus Avenue. Brent Blackwell's mobile home was destroyed, and a neighboring home was badly damaged. Blackwell lost his home-and his dogs-in the fire, but he says the disaster only strengthened his faith.

"That smoke looks really close to my place," Brent Blackwell mused.

It was last Thursday afternoon, and Blackwell was delivering fire wood to an elderly person in Goldendale. It's one of a number of civic activities Blackwell is noted for around town. Heading back to his vehicle, he saw the thick column of smoke rising from town.

"But then it gut-wrenched me," he recalls of that fateful day. "It was my place-and my dogs were in there."

Blackwell raced back to his home in the mobile home park on Columbus Avenue south of High Street. By the time he arrived, a few minutes later, he discovered his home was wholly engulfed in flames and smoke. Only some 20 minutes after one of his puppies knoc...



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