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Garden Shed Fire Spreads, Scorches Trailer

Investigators believe that the fire started with the use of a weed burner nearby.

Posted: Mar 29, 2018 5:47 PM

FORT VANNOY, Ore. — A fire that consumed a small garden shed ended up gutting a large recreational trailer nearby, according to Rural Metro Fire. The incident occurred around 11 a.m. Thursday morning in Fort Vannoy, near Grants Pass.

Rural Metro Fire and Grants Pass Fire & Rescue units responded to the 1500 block of Pinecrest Drive to find a "fully involved" garden shed. Before fire crews could deploy, the flames were already spreading to a trailer parked nearby.

Fire rushed through the trailer before it was contained and quickly knocked down, according to Rural Metro. The flames were able to burn about 1/100th of an acre worth of grass and trees as well as the two structures.

Investigators believe that the fire started when a weed burner was used near the shed. Rural Metro mentioned in a statement that only a few warm, dry days will allow light grasses and leaves to dry out—and any outdoor fire-use, including debris pile burning, should be done with caution.

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