Two homes were lost to fire in Barriere’s Dee- Jay RV Park the evening of Sunday, June 12. The fire was reported just before 8 p.m. with Barriere Fire Department and Chu Chua Volunteer Fire Department attending the scene.
Barriere Fire Chief Ashley Wohlgemuth said the Chu Chua Department were called because it was a structure fire and “mutual aid is a big help in getting the fire extinguished as quickly as possible” with the extra manpower on site.
“Barriere attended with two engines and a tender, and Chu Chua sent two apparatus, an engine and a tender,” said Chief Wohlgemuth, “There were nine firefighters on scene from Chu Chua, and 10 from Barriere.”
Water for the hoses was drawn from a bladder tank that Chu Chua firefighters kept filled, and Wohlgemuth says “a line was also put into the river, which was in the immediate area”.
Fortunately, the firefighters were able to keep the fire contained and quickly extinguished which prevented it from spreading to other dwellings in the park.
No injuries were reported by those who lost their homes, or by the firefighters, but the loss of a dog and the possibility of one or two cats to the fire has saddened everyone.
Asked if the cause of the fire has yet been determined, Wolgemuth said, “It’s still under investigation, but we do know it started in unit number 16.”
Chief Wohlgemuth reminds area residents to remember in the future when there is a fire to “please leave the emergency workers plenty of space so they can do their work quickly and effectively. This is for our firefighters safety, and for members of the public.”
The two families impacted now find themselves in need of lodging, clothing, and all of the necessities of life. If you would like to help in any way please contact the Barriere Annex Thrift Shop across from the Liquor Store on Barriere Town Road, or Little and Large Liquidators next to the Post Office on Barriere Town Road.
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