Fire Chief Leonard Damian, Hood River Fire & EMS, reported firefighters were dispatched to an active fire at Lone Pine Motel, located at 2429 Cascade Ave., at 8:57 a.m. on Wednesday, May 5. The damage was contained to one unit.

While the cause of the fire is still under investigation, Hood River Police Lt. Don Cheli said it seems to be accidental. A lone subject in Unit 3 appears to have been burning incense, which ignited a pillow and sheets. No one was hurt, but the room was damaged, he said. Capt. Dave Smith arrived on the scene first, and he and Cheli knocked on doors to ensure no one else was inside the motel rooms.

West Side Fire, Wy’East Fire and Hood River City Police also responded; Cascade Locks Fire provided coverage for Hood River Fire & EMS during the blaze.

— Trisha Walker, Columbia Gorge News