No injuries were reported as firefighters from the Pendleton Fire Department battled an early morning blaze at Riverside Mobile Estates, 2712 N.E. Riverside Ave., Pendleton.
Chief Mike Ciraulo said the fire was reported Saturday at 6:58 a.m. at 2712 N.E. Riverside Ave., Space 21. The fire, he said, started in the ceiling.
The Red Cross reported giving aid to two adults and three children displaced by the fire.
While the cause is still under investigation, Ciraulo said it appears to be related to the pipe from the wood stove heating up. With winter setting in, which results in using heating devices more regularly, Ciraulo recommends that people have their systems inspected.
Ciraulo, who is currently out of the state, said he didn’t know if the trailer had a working smoke detector. However, he again took the opportunity to encourage residents to make sure they have smoke detectors and that they are operational.
“But more importantly, the message we want to get out to people is to check their smoke detectors,” the chief said. “Having operating smoke detectors in several areas of the house can help save lives.”
In October, the Pendleton Lions Club worked with the fire department to install free smoke alarms in homes, including a concentrated effort in the Riverside Avenue area due to recent fires in the vicinity. The Oct. 7 work party resulted in 68 smoke detectors being installed.
John Taylor of the local Lions Club said they obtained the smoke alarms from the Oregon State Fire Marshal’s office. The club, Taylor said, is hoping to coordinate another project to help ensure homes have working smoke detectors.
For more information about the club’s service projects, contact Taylor at email@example.com.