Family Escapes Unharmed From Young House Fire


A log home in Young burned to the ground Monday morning. The cause is still under investigation, according to Pleasant Valley Fire Department.

Dan Cooper, his wife Jill Fortuny, their 8-year-old daughter Esabel and two dogs all escaped unscathed.

"We had four engines respond and three water tenders," said Pleasant Valley Fire Department Chief Kathy Hunt.

"We held it right there at the house so there was potential (for it to spread) but it didn't go anywhere."

The Forest Service responded, as did community members.

The fire started at about 4:45 Monday morning.

"Our first units were on the scene within five minutes," Hunt said. They fought the blaze for three hours.

The community is collecting food and clothes for the family. Esabel wears a size eight or 10, and a size 12 shoe.

As for Cooper, "he does (need clothes) but he won't tell Jill what size he is," said Andrea Bernard, postmaster relief at the Young Post Office. Bernard is filling in at work for Fortuny, who is the postmaster. Anyone wanting to help can drop items off at the Post Office or at the Baptist Church, Bernard said.

"Jill has a very big job and some hard shoes to fill," Bernard said. "She takes really good care of her customers."

Cooper keeps bees, and the honey house stayed safe. The family has found a place to rent, and Bernard said the community is collecting cooked meals for them.

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