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Early morning blaze claims at least one life

One person and possibly a second were killed during an early morning blaze today near Brookings that destroyed a trailer and sent at least two children to the hospital.

Authorities have not released the identities of the victims and the Curry Coastal Pilot hopes to get more information soon from local authorities.

According to Brookings Police Lt. Donny Dotson, dispatch received a 911 call of a trailer on fire on Hilltop Drive, off Parkview Drive, at 3:53 a.m. The first officer arrived on the scene a few minutes later to find the residence fully engulfed in flames.

Firefighters from Brookings, Harbor, Winchuck and Cape Ferrelo departments responded to the fire and kept it spreading to nearby homes, Dotson said.

The Pilot called Sutter Coast Hospital in Crescent City this afternoon and learned that two children involved in the fire were admitted. One was treated and released, another was transported to Shriners Hospitals for Children in Sacramento, California.

Pilot reporters attempted to reach the scene of the fire, but were turned away by authorities who were in the middle of conducting an investigation into the event. The Pilot will be meeting this afternoon with Curry County Sheriff John Ward to get more information.

New redwoods for Curry County

Submitted photo Curry County children help plant a redwood sapling at a county campground in the mountains east of Gold Beach.

Sunday’s tree planting in Lobster Creek Park marked the beginning of what could be a 3,000-year life for 10 redwoods — themselves cloned from a stump in Northern California that was around before Jesus was born.

Two youths involved in the juvenile department, along with Juvenile Director Jay Trost and County Commissioners Susan Brown and David Brock Smith, helped plant the 3- and 4-foot-tall saplings in the county campground northeast of Gold Beach.

Some 30 more trees will be planted there later.


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