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By Tesia Galvan
Staff Writer 

Fire destroys home Sunday evening


March 1, 2016

Tesia Galvan

The remenants of the property at 504 Thorson Rd. The Worland Fire Department was called shortly after 9 p.m. Sunday evening and the house was fully engulfed, Washakie Fire District Cheif, Chris Kocher said.

WORLAND - One of two unrelated fires destroyed a home Sunday evening on Thorson Road.

The fires were extinguished Sunday afternoon and evening by the Worland Fire Department.

Worland Fire Chief Chris Kocher said the department was paged out a little after 9 p.m. and by the time they got there the fire was completely engulfed.

"The trailer home was lost," Kocher said.

The property was owned by Tanner Allen, and the tenants were Elijah and Ethan Bowen. According to a GoFundMe page created by Michelle Bowen Gregory one of the two animals and the family's entire belongings were lost in the fire.

The occupants of the trailer, at 504 Thorson Road, were not home at the time of the fire. The fire's cause is still under investigation, Kocher said.

Two Worland fire engines, two command units, Washakie Sheriff's deputies and ambulance crews responded to the scene of the fire.

The Bowen Family has a GoFundMe page named "Elijah & Ethan Bowens house fire" and hopes to raise $10,000.

Grass fire earlier in the day

The first was a wildland grass fire a mile northwest of Worland off West River Road and it affected 53 acres, District Fire Chief Chris Kocher said.

"The fire was caused by a holdover from a controlled burn earlier," Kocher said. "It affected three properties: two private and one by the BLM (Bureau of Land Management)."

The fire was not completely out and it was smoldering, Kocher said. When the wind came up it moved the fire out of its controlled area.

The Worland Fire Department received the call shortly after noon and the fire lasted until 4:30 p.m., Kocher said.

Four engines, a command unit, the Bureau of Land Management fire engine, Washakie County Sheriffs and ambulance and the Worland Police were at the scene, Kocher said.


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