Fire injures 6 overnight in Portola; 1 person still missing

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By Steve Timko, and Michelle Ponto, News10

PORTOLA -- A fire damaged three trailers early Wednesday morning in Portola, injuring six people including children.

The trailers were on lots on West Plumas Avenue, Portola city manager Leslie Tigan Tigan said.

The fire started in the middle trailer about 12:30 a.m. It's reported to have started in the laundry room and quickly engulfed the entire structure. It then spread to the mobile homes beside it.

At the time of the fire, Donna Richardson, (73), Todd Barclay, (41) and Carla Barclay (42), and their five children ranging in age from 7 to17, were believed to be in the home.

According to Assistant Sheriff Gerald Hendrick of the Plumas County Sheriff's Office, all but Richardson have been accounted for as escaping from the residence.

Official found remains in the home. They believe they are those of the 73-year-old woman.

All seven of the family members who escaped received medical care at the scene and were transported to Eastern Plumas District Hospital. Six of the victims suffered moderate burns. One was listed as critical.

The occupants of the other residences escaped without injury. All three of the modular homes suffered extreme damage making them uninhabitable.

Cal Fire and Plumas County Sheriff's Office will be continuing the investigation to determine the cause of the fire and to locate Richardson.

Sheriff Hagwood and the entire Sheriff's Office would like to extend our heartfelt sympathy for the families' loss and the hope and prayers for a swift recovery for the fire victims.


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