Published Saturday, August 27, 2022, 1130 hours PT
ORONDO, WASHINGTON — Douglas County Fire District #4 Firefighters were dispatched to the Twin W development along the Columbia River at 1700 hours on Friday, August 26, 2022, to a structure fire.
First-due units reported one fully engulfed structure with fire through the room. Heavy winds were blowing flames and heat impacting a nearby exposure residence, which blew out the windows on the first floor and then extended into the second floor.
A 3rd Alarm was requested and resources throughout the greater Wenatchee Valley responded to the incident.
In the first fire incident, all occupants escaped uninjured but five vehicles were damaged. The second fire building suffered extensive damage to the upper floor and roof.
According to the Fire Department, recently installed fire hydrants aided with their water supply operations.
The Red Cross NW’s Disaster Action Team members provided assistance for three adults and two children.
One driver commented on Socials, he was on his way to Chelan during the fire burning in a nearby location.
A second fire incident occurred, this time located two miles from Orondo around 2318 hours PT which was discovered by a returning unit going back into service.
First-due units observed a home filled with smoke and heat, as well as three patients suffering from injuries sustained from the fire.
Firefighters began treating the patients and engaging the fire inside the structure, determined to be a basement fire. A forced entry was made and firefighters first put out the fire to the furniture and contents but a second alarm was called for mutual aid to assist with fire suppression efforts.
Two of the patients were transported to Central Washington Hospital with serious injuries, and the third was treated at the scene.
There were no fire hydrants in this area, causing the Fire Service to have their water supply operations provided by water tenders.
There were no injuries to firefighters from both structure fires.
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