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Feather River Bulletin Wednesday, April 22, 2015 7A Fire forces Belden Town evacuations Sheriff looking for individuals in cabin that burned Miriam S. Cody Staff Writer mcody@plumasnews.com A fire of unknown origin burned a cabin and mobile home adjacent to Belden Town's guest lodge Sunday, April 19, crackling to life in the wee hours of the morning. Apartments connected to the main lodge also suffered considerable damage. There were no injuries associated with the fire, but a family of five, living in the trailer next to the cabin where the fire started, lost almost all of their belongings. The family was put in contact with the American Red Cross and they were provided temporary lodging at a Quincy motel. "They were able to make it out in the nick of time with their lives, but weren't able to save much of anything else," skid Sheriff Greg Hagwood. Hagwood said the cause of the fire is under investigation, adding the circumstances are suspicious. The sherifF, said two individuals checked in to the cabin where the fire started around midnight. They paid with cash and there was no record of their names or the vehicle they were driving. He said the two people were gone when emergency responders arrived about 1:30 a.m. "We are certainly said. "There is no evidence we have found that they caused the fire, but there is an interesting set of circumstances that we would like to resolve." According to resort manager Richard Folen, guests were evacuated as soon as the fire was discovered. Folen said there were three rooms with guests in them. He said there were also guests in cabins on the far side of the lodge from the fire, but they were allowed to stay in their rooms. The fire affected Cabin 8 and the west side of the lodge. It included the master suite, which owner Ivan Coffman calls home. Firefighters from communities all over the county responded to the fire along with the U.S. Forest Service and a Cal Fire crew from Butte County. Quincy Fire Chief Robbie Cassou said the response was well coordinated, "It was great to see federal, state and local agencies coming together to coordinate the effort," Cassou said. As sheriffs deputies coordinated the evacuation fire crews attacked the blaze. The response included firefighters and engines from Graeagle, Plumas-Eureka, Greenhorn and Crescent Mills and two engines and a support team from Quincy. Meadow Valley sent an engine to man the Quincy station because all of Quincy staying The U.S. Forest Service also provided two. engines. And Plumas District Hospital "did a great job helping to coordinate," Cassou said. Cassou said a sprinkler system helped to keep the fire contained. He said the owner was also spraying water on the building when fire crews arrived. Cassou said the fire engulfed a propane tank that was between the cabin and trailer. He said the tank vented fire "at least a dozen times." The sheriff agreed the fire response was exceptional. "Under the circumstances -- the hour, the distance from town :- everybody did an outstanding job. There was the potential for serious loss of life." The Belden Resort staff showed its gratitude by making breakfast for all the firefighters afterward. The resort's Facebook page posted a message around 11 a.m. Sunday morning. "Hello everyone! We wanted to inform everybody that Belden is currently closed until further notice," the messaged stated. "We lost a couple of cabins and Ivan's home to a structure fire early this morning. Nobody was hurt. "Once we have running water, we will reopen our bar and restaurant. Hopefully within the next couple of days." Just a few hours later, another post appeared: "Well firefighters and everyone who helped with the chaos this morning! See everyone on the river soon!" By midday Sunday the resort's website and Facebook page were buzzing with supportive chatter. "We are so sorry to hear about your fire, we send our love and understanding. If there is anything we can do for you and your company let us know, we are here for you," reads a comment from Bucks Lake Lodge. Another comment: "With destruction comes something new. Glad to hear everyone is safe. Such a magical place. I know everyone will pull together and rebuild what was once there." Managing Editor Dan McDonald contributed to this report. interested in contacting Fire's equipment and that was quick! We are back these individuals," Hagwood personnel were in Belden. up and running! Thank you Meeting addresses proposed biomass plant On May 4 at 6 p.m. there utility costs and provide Energy Commission project will be an informational clean, cost-effective thermal application, overall project meeting held at the Plumas County Public Library in QuincF, on tholtomass;fired heat and power plant project. The presentation will include material on how the plant is designed to reduce outside energy to the Plumas County health and human services building and Feather River College dorms. The lead project participants will also provide information on the California details and the technology utilized. An opportunity for questions and answerS:viii follow the presentation.The meeting address is 445 Jackson St., Quincy. Friday, May 1st, at 6 p.m. at the Fairgrounds in Quincy Doors open at 5:30 p.m General admission $5 Sweets & treats, wine & beer Guest performers from Dancing With The Stars! Tickets available at Carey Candy Co., The Toy Store-Little People and Rhythm & Grace Studio For more information: www.rhythmandgrace.wix.com/dancestudio or call (530) 249-3411 A (OMA00 Smoke drifts from the remains of a burned trailer next to the apartments of the main lodge at the Belden Town resort Sunday morning. 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