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Barn fire causes $1 million in damage, burns man

Post by Rob Carson / The News Tribune on Jan. 15, 2011 at 4:22 pm |
January 15, 2011 4:22 pm

A large barn fire in Eatonville Friday night left a man with serious burns to his arm and hand and caused more than a million dollars in damage, Pierce County fire officials said Saturday.

The fire, which destroyed a 7,000 square-foot structure near the intersection of Mountain Highway and Stringtown Road, began at about 9:20 p.m. Friday, according to South Pierce Fire & Rescue Assistant Chief Sam Yount.

Yount said the property owner’s son was doing mechanical work on a vehicle inside the garage when the fire started.

“He was working on the fuel pump and somehow sprayed gas and caught the vehicle on fire,” Yount said.

The man managed to push the burning vehicle out of the barn, but a string of fuel spread the fire back into the building.

The fire spread rapidly, Yount said, aided by tanks of fuel and other volatile material stored inside. Fire crews decided it was too dangerous to enter the building and instead worked successfully to stop it from spreading to other structures on the property.

Damages were estimated at $700,000 to the structure and $400,000 to its contents. A large motor home stored in the building also was destroyed, Yount said.

The son was transported to the burn center at Harborview Medical Center for treatment of second and third degree burns.

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