Fireman loses home while out on medical call

DANVILLE – A New Year’s fire destroyed the home of a senior Curlew Fire District volunteer on State Highway 21 Monday evening.
EMT/Firefighter Mario D’Lerma was returning home from an emergency medical call around 7:30 p.m. when he realized something was wrong, according to volunteer Fire Chief John Foster Fanning with Ferry/Okanogan Fire Protection District 14.
The firefighter called the fire in to the Ferry County 911 Center and dashed to the Danville fire station to gear up and get the fire engine, Foster Fanning said.
Unfortunately, the fire was beyond the capability of a single engine by the time he arrived back at the residence, Foster Fanning said.
The fire district dispatched four engines, a 2,000-gallon tender, an ambulance, 10 firefighters and three EMTs, but before any of the reinforcing units arrived on scene the home was fully engulfed. A Ferry County sheriff’s deputy was on scene to assist with traffic control and public safety, Foster Fanning said.
There were no human injuries, but a family dog was lost in the blaze.
Some firefighters started leaving around 10:30 p.m. while others were on scene until midnight. A patrol Tuesday morning made sure all outbuildings and other property remained safe, Foster Fanning said.
A donation page has been set up at to help the family rebuild.
The page said nothing was retrieved from the home; the house and its contents were a total loss.