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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.


12/21/2011
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.

Smolder
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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There is also a account at Plumas Bank for Jewell Ballard who lost everything in the fire as well as a beloved pet.
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Kristen, I think you can do it at the Crisis Center in Quincy. I found out that there was more than one trailer fire incident in Portola during the time. This one family I was thinking of, the father needs larger size clothing than can be found in the local thrift stores. He has a 60 inch waist.
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I read on another site that one of the older boys has been released. Anything else we might like to hear?
<br />Yes, Jeremy is with family.
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I read on another site that one of the older boys has been released. Anything else we might like to hear?
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The Red Cross has contacted and helped the neighbor as well as the victims displaced in the two house fires on Monday on Taylor Ave. They have been placed in housing and clothing has been distributed. Thank you all for your help and concern.
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A Facebook page has been set up where you can get updated information. You can go to<br />Barclay Family.
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@sandra - Do you know if a drop-off location and/or bank account has been set up for the other family?? I'd like to donate to this family as well. If you have the information can you post it here.
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It's not just the Barclay family, the residents of the other mobile home also lost everything in the fire, and they need donations of clothing too.
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My heart aches for this family. You will be in my prayers!
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I realize this is a weekly paper, but since you did post it on the web page, it would be nice for an update
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It's been heartwarming to see the community come together. I'm still trying to understand why some people have to be negative. I am very disapointed to see such a negative post on this comment feed. How dare you suggust this community or paper does not care. You obviously do not live here.
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FYI - I called Plumas Bank, you can make checks out to Barclay Donation Fund if you wish to donate money.
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Thank you for covering this fire... such a tragic event for our small community.
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Jak- The Reno Gazette is a daily paper. Our local paper was already printed and circulated when this fire occurred. I'm quite sure this is a priority for our paper.
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Reno Gazette Journal has much better coverage on this story. It's dissapointing that the local media has less interest and coverage in this tragic event than our neighboring areas do...<br /><br />www.rgj.com
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Krissy's Kloset at 181 Nevada Street in Portola has agreed to accept non-monetary donations for the Barclay Family. After Dec 27th the Portola Resource Center will accept donations.
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A bank account has been set up for donations at Plumas Bank in the name of Barclay.
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