Structure fire in Okanogan County spreads, jumps Twisp River

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Okanogan County Fire District 6 photo

A fire off Twisp River Road burned a structure, injured a resident, then jumped across the river but eventually was contained Tuesday night after efforts from several firefighting agencies.

In the middle of all that, a piece of an access bridge collapsed under the weight of an Okanogan County Fire District 6 fire engine.

According to the fire district, firefighters arrived shortly before 5 p.m. to find a storage building on fire close to the property’s main structure.

A resident was treated for burns, then transported to the hospital.

Meanwhile, strong winds pushed the fire into grass and debris, then to a small island on the river before jumping to the opposite side.

Firefighters from the Department of Natural Resources then took over with assistance from the Forest Service.

Earlier, a 45,000-pound pumper truck was attempting to cross the access bridge when a wheel broke through a section of the wood decking.

Firefighters still were able to use the water in the truck and later used rescue lift air bags to lift the wheel high enough to place down timbers and back the truck off the bridge.

The DNR is investigating the cause of the fire.

Okanogan County Fire District 6 photo.