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Brookings fire claims three lives

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Investigators with the Oregon State Fire Marshal office on Wednesday dig through the charred remnants of a house fire that took the lives of two adults and a 4-year-old child
 

Authorities believe that Brookings resident Douglas Landers rescued two grandchildren from a burning trailer Wednesday morning before he, his wife and another grandchild perished.

A fast-moving blaze destroyed the family’s single-wide trailer around 4 a.m., claiming the lives of Douglas, 54, his wife Kelly, 52, and their 4-year-old granddaughter Arianna.

Two other grandchildren, Michael, 1, and Kelly, 10, escaped.

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New redwoods for Curry County

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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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