Fire destroys Keystone home

Posted: Monday, October 13, 2003

Central Emergency Services responded to a house fire on Keystone Drive early Saturday morning, but was unable to save the building or its contents. No one was injured.

Responding to 911 calls from several neighbors, CES sent one engine, three tankers, a medic unit and three command vehicles to the house about 4 1/2 miles down Keystone Drive past Fred Meyer, according to a CES press release.

Upon arrival, crews found the fire already was fully involved, with sections collapsing at the center of the building. Firefighters had the blaze under control within 33 minutes. However, the house was considered totaled, as was a 2000 Chevrolet extended cab truck, a Lowe 18-foot aluminum boat and other items inside the building. Ground cover and trees within 50 feet of the building also were destroyed. A camper, located about 75 feet north of the home, sustained only minor fire damage.

No one was at home at the time of the fire, as the owners had purchased the summer home about two weeks ago, before returning to Minnesota for the winter. The house was under construction, though framing, electrical, plumbing and exterior finish work was mostly complete.

Property loss was estimated at $200,000. The fire is under investigation.

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