Fire outside Cashmere destroys several buildings but home was spared


A fire about three miles outside Cashmere destroyed several outbuildings and burned within feet of a home Wednesday afternoon.

The fire in Nahahum Canyon was reported just after noon and crews battled the blazes until about 4 p.m.

Chelan County Fire District 6 Chief Phil Mosher said crews from Fire District 6, the Cashmere Fire Department and the Department of Natural Resources assisted in keeping the fire from spreading to the home and nearby grassy hillside.

“The initial call was for a smoke investigation up Nahahum Canyon. The reporting party then called back and said, ‘no we think it’s a structure fire,’ ” Mosher said.

When crews arrived they found an old, large outbuilding almost fully engulfed in flames.

As firefighters scrambled to protect the home in heavy winds, the fire destroyed a pump house, another smaller shed and another smaller building near the initial structure, Mosher said.

The fire burned on the ground right up to the front steps of the home, where residents were able to knock those flames down, he said.

There also was a lean-to that cars were parked under that caught fire.

“It did melt some of the plastic on the vehicles,” Mosher said.

The fire also tried to creep up a grassy hillside but firefighters were able to douse that before it got into the really dry grass, he said.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.