A Little Excitement in Othello: House on Fire!

IMG_1252After having some good Mexican food in Othello, we headed back to the Stake Center this evening for our Stake Missionary Correlation Meeting at 8:00.  As we approached the neighborhood where the church is, we saw smoke.  As we got closer, we saw the tragedy. A home was on fire!IMG_1255Flames were just beginning to lap up on the roof top.IMG_1257After about 5 min the local police were there.  After about 15 min the first local volunteer firefighters came.  By then, the flames had spread across the rooftop.IMG_1259IMG_1263IMG_1269One hose was not enough to put out the fire.  In time 2 more trucks came to help.IMG_1275IMG_1278It was so sad to stand and watch, helpless.IMG_1279IMG_1281IMG_1282By the time most of the fire was under control, the roof was gone and the home was filled with water.  We walked over to the church for our meeting, feeling sad for the family who will return to this tragedy.IMG_1285

Local News:


July 06, 2017 at 6:41 pm | By BOB KIRKPATRICK The Sun Tribune


Bob Kirkpatrick/The Sun Tribune    Mayor Shawn Logan’s house went up in flames last night. No one was home at the time of the fire. The cause is under investigation.

OTHELLO — An early evening fire Wednesday destroyed the home of Othello Mayor Shawn Logan.

Othello Police, EMS and Adams County Fire District No. 5 personnel arrived on the scene to find the house engulfed in flames.

“When I arrived the roof was fully involved,” Assistant Fire Chief Tom Salsbury said. “The fire did severe damage to the house – it’s unlivable.”

The Logans were not at home when the fire broke out. Next door neighbor Dan Lynch was the first to notice smoke coming from the structure and told his wife to call it in.

“I was inside my house – my wife had gone out back to dump the garbage. She didn’t notice anything at first, but when I looked out the window, I saw smoke billowing out of the roof,” Lynch said. “When I opened my garage door there was so much smoke I couldn’t see Shawn’s house. I then went back inside my house and told my wife to call 911.”

Lynch said several kids across the street at the skate park at Lions Park came running to the scene to inquire if anyone was inside the house.

“Those boys deserve some sort of medal,” Lynch said. “They knocked on the door, and then kicked it in. Fortunately no one was at home … the Logan’s were at the movies.”

The house was completely destroyed. There are homes in close proximity on both sides of structure. The fire was so hot it melted the siding on the east outside wall of Lynch’s garage. There was no apparent damage to the house on the other side of the Logans’ home. Mayor Logan has been unavailable for comment. The cause of the fire is under investigation.

About annlaemmlenlewis

I am member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and I am currently serving as a Missionary in the Washington Yakima Mission. Welcome to my personal blog, Ann's Words, and my Mission blog, Our Yakima Mission. If you are interested in family history stories and histories, you can find those posted in Ann's Stories. Thanks for looking in!
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