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Prairie City resident remains in critical condition after fire destroys home

Waits hospitalized for complications from smoke inhalation.
Rylan Boggs

Blue Mountain Eagle

Published on April 10, 2017 4:34PM

A mobile home burns in Prairie City Sunday, April 9. Eula Waits, the homeowner, was transported to St. Charles Hospital in Bend for respiratory complications stemming from smoke inhalation.

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A mobile home burns in Prairie City Sunday, April 9. Eula Waits, the homeowner, was transported to St. Charles Hospital in Bend for respiratory complications stemming from smoke inhalation.

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A mobile home burns in Prairie City Sunday, April 9.

Contributed photo/Trever Hamsher

A mobile home burns in Prairie City Sunday, April 9.

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A mobile home in Prairie City was destroyed by a fire early Sunday morning.

The Prairie City Fire Department was on scene with two fire engines within minutes of receiving the call just after 8 a.m., but the structure was deemed a total loss by Fire Chief Marvin Rynearson.

Eula Waits, the homeowner, was transported to St. Charles Hospital in Bend for respiratory complications stemming from smoke inhalation, Rynearson said. She remains in critical condition as of Monday evening, according to the hospital.

After making initial contact, the Prairie City department requested assistance from John Day, and another fire engine was dispatched.

The scene is currently ribboned off and under guard to keep people off the property due to fears it may be unsafe, Rynearson said.

Disaster responders with the American Red Cross Cascades Region responded to the home Sunday evening.

The fire affected two adults and three children, and the Red Cross provided resources to help address the immediate basic needs of those affected, such as temporary housing, food, clothing, comfort kits, information about recovery services and health and mental health services, according to a press release.

Rynearson said the cause of the fire is still under investigation.



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