The Wood River Valley is rallying behind a Ketchum-area family whose home was reduced to rubble after a fire broke out early Friday morning.
Seven engines from the Ketchum Rural, Ketchum and Sun Valley fire departments and Wood River Fire & Rescue were dispatched to the scene at The Meadows mobile-home park around 5:48 a.m., Sun Valley Assistant Fire Chief Rich Bauer said.
The cause of the fire remains undetermined. Three other mobile homes received minimal damage, but crews were able to protect those structures, Bauer said.
“It was a very successful fire attack,” he said. “No one was hurt, including the occupants and firefighters, and everyone on the scene put in great effort to save all neighboring trailers.”
St. Luke’s respiratory therapist James Farley said he was working his usual night shift when a call came in about a house fire. Upon returning to his home at The Meadows—with just the scrubs on his back and a stethoscope around his neck—he was stunned to find that it burned to the ground.
Fortunately, his 27-year-old son, Christopher, and dog, Pugsby, had made it out.
“I’m just feeling very lucky my son got out of the house,” Farley told the Express.
Bauer said inquiries about donations for the family should be directed to the Sun Valley Fire Department at 208-622-8234. Clothing for James and Christopher—men’s large and extra-large shirts, pants sizes 34-waist by 29-length and 30-waist by 36-length, and shoes sizes 8 and 12—can be dropped off at the Sun Valley Elkhorn Fire Station or the Human Resources department of St. Luke’s Wood River Medical Center.
A GoFundMe campaign established by Farley’s co-workers has raised more than $3,200 for the family as of Friday afternoon. The fundraiser can be found at gofundme.com/f/ebnqg-house-fire-complete-loss?utm_source=customer&utm_medium=copy_link&utm_campaign=p_cp+share-sheet.