A gofundme account has been set up to assist a Clearwater family who lost everything in a July 25 fire.
“By time we got there the place was fully engulfed,” said Linda Brannan, president of the BPC Volunteer Fire Department. Brannan is the acting chief, noting that the former chief quit and the organization’s bylaws state that the president is to fill that void until a new chief is named.
According to an Idaho County Sheriff’s officer, the fire started by a juvenile playing with a lighter.
The Lovell family lived at the residence. None of them were injured. The fire destroyed a home and hay filled barn as well as at least two of the family’s vehicles. A dog, cat and chickens also perished.
BPC received the fire call at 6:45 p.m. The Harpster Fire Department and Idaho Department of Lands also responded. Five BPC firefighters responded as well as numerous neighbors who offered assistance.
Brannan said the firefighters stayed through the night to prevent flare ups and manage flames from the barn. He said it was filled with a huge amount of hay and there was “not enough water in the world to put it out.”
The fire burned an estimated acre of adjacent farm ground. The homesite was situated in the middle of a field that had recently been hayed all the way around, which was a blessing, explained Brannan. The short stubble limited the potential of the fire to spread. Had windy conditions been prevalent the fire could possibly have threatened nearby residences.
Those interested in assisting the family can visit the site: www.gofundme.com
Brannan said a fundraiser was also being planned in Elk City where the family formerly lived.