The Umatilla County Fire District stayed busy this weekend with several major structure fires.
In addition to a blaze that damaged the Seventh-day Adventist church in Hermiston, crews on Sunday morning also responded to a fire on Northeast 10th Street and on early Monday morning to an RV and shed fire on Echols Road.
Around 6:30 a.m. Sunday, crews responded to a fire in the 2100 block of Northeast 10th, where a single-wide manufactured home was fully engulfed. Fire Marshal Scott Goff said the cause of the fire was determined to be a faulty water heater. He said the couple that lives on the property were not home at the time and no one was injured. The damage from the fire is estimated at $75,000.
Shortly after midnight on Monday, crews responded to a fire on Echols Road. This blaze burned a 25-foot motor home and a fifth-wheel trailer, as well as a small barn and some other items, including an area full of scrap metal, wood and car parts. There was also a 100-gallon propane tank that was actively venting and on fire.
The fire spread to about half an acre. Crews had put the fire out and were back to the station within about three hours. Goff said the property owners were in the house, and there is a person who was living in the motor home, but they were not inside at the time. Goff said the cause of that fire has not yet been determined, but no foul play is suspected.
Those who responded to the fires this weekend also covered several medical calls and an assault call in Umatilla, receiving help from off-duty firefighters and other departments.