A Fruitland couple and their son lost just about everything they owned Saturday afternoon, after a fire tore through a single-wide trailer they were renting. They operated Dachshund Idaho Rescue out of the house, and 14 dogs died in the fire.
Karen McCombs, her husband Robert, and their son, Sean, 16, were all home at the time of the blaze. But they say they weren't able to act fast enough to save many of the dogs.
"I was alseep. I have bronchitis," McCombs said. She said her son was in the living room, and her husband was in the kitchen. She said the fire started out on the front porch.
"It was just like out of nowhere," McCombs said. "It just burned so fast that we could not get it under control."
She said firefighters from Ontario, Ore., and Fruitland responded, but it was too late to save the house. The fire was at 7823 N. Oregon Ave. in Fruitland. A call to the Fruitland Fire Department was not immediately returned Sunday.
McCombs said she was able to save four dogs three dachshunds and an Akita.
The American Red Cross responded to the scene and provided vouchers for three nights at a motel in Ontario, Ore.
McCombs said she and her husband, both in their mid-60s and on Social Security, would welcome any help. They are staying at the Oregon Inn in Ontario, Room #4. Reach them at 208-695-4761.
McCombs provided their clothing sizes: boys large shirts, 34 x 30 pants, size 11 or 12 men's shoes; size 14 women's clothes and XL men's shirts and 38 x 30 pants.