MASON — A Mason family escaped injury Sunday evening when fire erupted at their house on Fifth Street.
According to a spokesman from the Mason Volunteer Fire Department, firefighters were called out shortly after 7 p.m. to the home, where they found the insulation in the attic burning.
He added although the blaze was contained to the attic, it burned from one end of the ranch-style house to the other. The fire, coupled with the water used to extinguish it, caused the ceiling in the living room to collapse.
The house was occupied by the Charles Landers family, who was home at the time of the fire, but uninjured. Deborah Wallen is the owner of the residence.
The New Haven Volunteer Fire Department assisted at the scene. The cause remains unknown at this time.
When the blaze was under control, another call was received for a single vehicle accident in the Spilman area. One emergency vehicle from each department left the house fire to answer the accident call. The Mason department had also answered an earlier wreck call Sunday in West Columbia, where a vehicle had left the roadway and was caught on a guardrail, the spokesman stated.
The Mason house fire is the second structure fire in less than a week in the Bend Area. On Jan. 19, the New Haven, Mason and Middleport fire departments answered the call to an apartment fire at the corner of Main and Fifth streets in New Haven.
There, an apartment occupied by Jerry Frye was completely destroyed. Frye was not injured, but lost all possessions in the blaze. The apartment was owned by Phil Serevicz.
Mindy Kearns is a freelance writer for Ohio Valley Publishing who lives in Mason County.