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Fire destroys Huntington home

By CHRIS COLLINS

Of the Baker City Herald

Ida McAllister was attending a family gathering at Payette, Idaho, Thursday night when her Huntington home was destroyed by fire.

The Huntington and Weiser, Idaho, volunteer fire departments were called to the mobile home court at Second and Fulton streets where her home is situated at about 8:30 p.m. McAllister's single-wide mobile home was fully engulfed by flames when firefighters arrived, said volunteer firefighter William Gray of Huntington.

No other homes were threatened during the four hours firefighters worked at the scene, he said.

An electrical short in the ceiling over the living room is suspected of starting the fire, which was reported by passersby, Gray said. The loss was insured.

There were no injuries to the five Huntington firefighters and six from Weiser who responded, he said. McAllister lost a cat and two kittens in the blaze.

She is staying with her nephew, Shane Harrison, and his family, Gray said.

The Eastern Oregon Chapter of the American Red Cross has responded to provide help for McAllister.

"In the past, the Red Cross has been really good about finding out about this stuff and coming to town and assisting people," Gray said.

This is the fifth Baker County house fire the organization has responded to since July 1, according to Beverly Higley, chapter director.

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