Residential fire displaces McCloud family of three

Shareen Strauss
With smoke billowing from the windows and roof of a Quincy Ave. residence in McCloud Monday morning, Nov. 30, McCloud Volunteer Fire Department, CAL FIRE, Mt. Shasta Fire and Rescue, Weed Fire Department, Siskiyou County Sheriff's Department, Mt. Shasta Ambulance, and Pacific Power worked together. The family living there was displaced, but the only injury reported was a minor ankle injury suffered by a firefighter.

Firefighters and other emergency agencies from throughout the area worked together to extinguish a house fire Monday morning on Quincy Ave. in McCloud.

The residential fire broke out just before 7 a.m. and was fully involved when the first of several local agencies arrived on the scene, according to Suzi Brady of CAL FIRE.

It displaced a family of three, but the only injury reported was to a firefighter who suffered a minor ankle injury.

Neighbor Steve Richardson said he saw smoke billowing from the upper floor windows of the two-story structure and called 9-1-1 while his stepdaughter Hannah McCauley ran to the house to notify the Mendez family.

Brandon Mendez said he was at work when the fire broke out, but his wife Nichole, 6 year old son, and two dogs all escaped unharmed.

Watching smoke drift up from the eves and water running through the opened front door as firefighters started cleaning up, Brandon Mendez said, “I feel horrible. Thank god my wife, son and dogs are all okay. My son’s Christmas gifts are all gone, but we are all safe.”

McCloud Fire Chief Rick Dexter said at the scene that it appeared to be a chimney fire.

The top floor of the structure was destroyed, but the lower floor was not, according to a later report from Brady.

As of Monday afternoon, the cause of the fire was still being investigated.

Agencies responding included McCloud Volunteer Fire Department, CAL FIRE, Mt. Shasta City and Mt. Shasta Fire Protection District, Weed Fire Department, Mt. Shasta Ambulance, Siskiyou County Sheriff, and Pacific Power, who shut off threatened power lines surrounding the house.

As neighbors watched and offered support, Ronda Elliot said, “Our community has spirit. People have already come forward to offer the Mendezes places to stay before the fire is even out.”

McCloud Community Resource Center Executive Director Lisa McCauley set up a fund and is asking for donations for the Mendez family. To help, call 530-964-3250 or drop off donations at MCRC at 304 W. Minnesota Ave.

A gofundme website for the Mendez family had already raised more than $1,200 by Monday evening: