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Seven injured, one dead in house fire

Delaine Fragnoli
Managing Editor

12/22/2011  2:00 p.m.

The fire that injured seven people and killed another in Portola yesterday reignited today around noon. The Portola Fire Department and one Delleker tanker were on the scene, along with the Plumas County Sheriff's Office.

In other developments, officials say they have recovered remains they
believe to be 73-year-old Donna Richardson. Her identity will have to
be confirmed by dental records or DNA analysis.

A CalFire investigator said today that the cause of the blaze is
still under investigation. He said he could not even confirm that the
fire started in the laundry room, as earlier reported.


HouseFire3One Portola resident is missing and seven are injured following a house fire this morning.

According to the Plumas County Sheriff’s Office, the blaze began in the laundry room of a doublewide mobile home at 417 West Plumas Ave. It quickly engulfed the entire structure.

Seven occupants — Todd Barclay, 41, and Carla Barclay, 42, and their five children, ranging in age from 7 to 17 —escaped the fire.

An eighth resident, Donna Richardson, 73, has not been accounted for.

All seven of the victims received medical care at the scene and were transported to Eastern Plumas District Hospital by Eastern Plumas Health Care and Plumas District Hospital ambulance services. Six of the victims suffered moderate burns, and one was listed as critical. Those six were flown to Renown Medical Center by Care Flight and Cal Star Helicopters. The seventh victim was released from EPHC to a family member.

The house fire continues to smolder into the morning hours. Photo submitted by Leann Steffanic.

The parents were subsequently transported to the burn center at UC-Davis and the children to Shriners Hospital in Sacramento, according to Portola City Manager Leslie Tigan.

Members of the Portola Volunteer Fire Department, Eastern Plumas Rural Fire Services, Beckwourth Volunteer Fire Department, Graeagle Volunteer Fire Department, Plumas Eureka Volunteer Fire Department and Sierra Valley Volunteer Fire Department responded to the fire, which spread to two neighboring modular homes, one of which was vacant. The occupants of the other residence escaped without injury. All three of the modular homes suffered extreme damage and are uninhabitable.

Cal Fire and Plumas County Sheriff’s Office will continue the investigation to determine the cause of the fire and to locate Richardson.

An account has been set up in the Barclays’ name at Plumas Bank.



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