A structure fire burns on Oxenford Road in Joyce just after midnight Sunday, Nov. 8, 2020. (Courtesy photo)

A structure fire burns on Oxenford Road in Joyce just after midnight Sunday, Nov. 8, 2020. (Courtesy photo)

Treacherous fire shoots flames 50 feet high in Joyce

JOYCE — Midnight explosions lit the sky 10 miles west of Port Angeles last weekend when a suspected wood stove-chimney fire ignited fuel, fertilizer and other incendiary material in a shop, destroying the 3,200-square-foot building and two nearby vehicles.

No one was injured in the midnight Sunday blaze at 538 Oxenford Road, said Chief Greg Waters of Clallam County Fire District 4 of Joyce, on Tuesday.

But a man sleeping in a house 50 feet west of the shop on the property — the grandson of the property owner — awoke to the explosions and an orange glow illuminating his bedroom.

“He looked out the window, and it looked like it had instantly turned daylight, it was so bright,” the man told Waters; Waters declined to identify him.

“The shop was pretty much engulfed already.

“Flames were shooting about 50 feet above the roof line.”

A resident of 536 Oxenford Road called the fire in at 12:01 a.m. Sunday, according to the Peninsula Communications Dispatch Center call-for-service log.

District 4 and Fire District 2 firefighters had to stand by while the blaze burned, putting out hot spots to keep the flames from spreading to trees that separated the building from the house.

“Our biggest accomplishment on that was that we saved the house and the neighboring trees and everything,” Waters said.

First responders arrived at 12:17 a.m. The fire was out by 1:07 a.m.

“It was a treacherous fire to fight,” Waters recalled.

“There was lots of gasoline in there, lots of diesel oil, several propane tanks, that kept us from getting close until it burned down.

“It was made of real heavy timber, old-school construction.”

Waters said the blaze was likely started in a chimney from a wood stove in the shop.

“They leave it on most of the time to keep the dampness and mildew out,” he said.

“It’s nothing they haven’t done every day since they lived there.”

Fire District 4 responded with two fire engines, two tenders, an ambulance and a command vehicle.

Fire District 2 responded with an engine, a tender and a command vehicle after being called immediately after District 4 personnel arrived, Waters said.

Thirteen personnel from both districts were on hand.

The county road shop was on standby with heavy equipment.

At one point, firefighters thought they might need an excavator to move fallen debris so they could get at burning material, Waters said.

Acrid smoke from the burning fuel enveloped the area, he added.

A damage estimate was unavailable Tuesday.

________

Senior Staff Writer Paul Gottlieb can be reached at 360-452-2345, ext. 55650, or at [email protected].

More in News

Keith Thorpe/Peninsula Daily News
Bill Chastain of Port Angeles receives a dose of COVID-19 vaccine from Shaina Gonzales of the North Olympc Healthcare Network during Saturday's vaccination clinic at Port Angeles High School.
Appointment-only system used in Port Angeles

An appointment-only system of scheduling allowed Port Angeles to… Continue reading

Sequim group forms against present council

Petition urges reinstatement of city manager

Students to get more in-person learning

Schedules vary among districts

Don Hoglund is looking forward to staying at  his namesake workplace of some four decades -- under the new owner. Diane Urbani de la Paz/Peninsula Daily News
(Keith Thorpe/Peninsula Daily News)
Vaccination clinics to begin this week

First shots going to those 85 and older

Dr. Molly Martin, deputy medical director at the Jamestown S’Klallam Tribe, and Community Emergency Response Team member Jim Johnston help individuals get registered for COVID-19 vaccinations at the tribe’s clinic on Jan. 14. Sequim Gazette photo by Michael Dashiell
Huge turnouts seen at drive-through clinics

Drive-through vaccination clinics in Sequim and Forks tried residents’… Continue reading

EYE ON JEFFERSON: County to consider comment on Navy training plan

The Jefferson County commissioners will consider commenting on the proposed mitigated determination… Continue reading

EYE ON CLALLAM: Port Angeles council to consider lowered speed limit on South Lincoln

Peninsula Daily News The Port Angeles City Council will conduct a first… Continue reading

Most Read