A total loss

Written by Scott Graves, Pilot staff writer December 03, 2013 10:07 pm

Harbor resident Rich Zuidema examines the burned out remains of a mobile home he owns on Olsen Lane. The rental was empty when it caught fire around 4 a.m. Tuesday. The cause is undetermined so far. The Pilot/Scott Graves
Harbor resident Rich Zuidema examines the burned out remains of a mobile home he owns on Olsen Lane. The rental was empty when it caught fire around 4 a.m. Tuesday. The cause is undetermined so far. The Pilot/Scott Graves

Wednesday afternoon update: This fire is being investigated as arson, and officials are asking the public for any information to help solve the case. If you have information regarding this fire, call the arson hotline at 1-800-452-7888 or Curry County Crime Stoppers at 1-888-974-0000.

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More than 20 volunteers from the Harbor and Brookings fire departments kept flames from a fully-engulfed Harbor home from spreading to nearby residences on Tuesday morning.

The house was vacant and nobody was injured.

“They did a great job; they protected my garage and the other houses,” said Rich Zuidema, owner of the gutted double-wide mobile home at 98142 Olsen Lane 

Harbor Fire Police Chief John Brazil said police dispatch received a 911 call at 4:05 a.m. of a house on fire.

“The first engine arrived on scene about six minutes later but the structure was fully involved,” Brazil said. “Our main goal was to contain the fire, protect the adjoining garage and keep the flames from spreading to the house next door.”

Harbor Fire Department responded with 11 volunteers and Brookings Fire Department responded with 10. A Brookings fire truck was stationed at the nearby Harbor fire house just in case another emergency warranted a response, Brazil said.

Zuidema, who lives on the property in a second mobile home behind the first, said the rental unit had been empty for several months and electricity to the unit had been turned off for a while.

The cause of the blaze was not immediately known, Brazil said. A representative of the State Fire Marshall’s Office was on scene Tuesday afternoon interviewing Zuidema and investigating the scene.