Seven Hurt in Early-Morning Fire, One Dead

By: Staff Email
By: Staff Email

PORTOLA, CA - Seven people are hurt and one dead after a house fire in Portola, in Plumas County, early Wednesday morning. Portola is northwest of Reno.

Shortly after midnight, flames were reported from the mobile home on West Plumas Avenue. The fire apparently started in the laundry room, according to fire investigators. It quickly spread to the entire home.

Three adults and five children were in the home. Seven of the people got out of the home, with one found dead inside. She's identified as 73-year-old Donna Richardson. The other adult victims are Todd and Carla Barclay, the parents of the five children. Four of the victims were flown to Renown Regional Medical Center in Reno, and they have since been flown to a burn center in Sacramento. One victim was released to family after treatment in Plumas County.

The fire was fought by several northern California fire agencies, and spread to two other mobile homes, both of which are seriously damaged. No one else is reported hurt.

Cal Fire and Plumas County Sheriff’s Office will be continuing the investigation to determine the cause of the fire.

Plumas Bank in Portola has set up a donation fund to help the Barclay family. Send donations to:

120 North Pine Street, Portola, CA 96122-8414. The phone number is 530-832-4405.

The Loyalton Assembly of God church is accepting clothing donations for the family. The address is 803 Main Street, Loyalton, CA, 96118. Phone number is 530-993-0709.

Sizes needed are:

3xl shirt, 48/32 pant, shoe: 12 wide.
2xl shirt, L pant, size 8 shoe.
L shirt, 34/30 pants, 13 shoe.
2xl shirt, 38/30 pant, 10 1/2 wide shoe.
Med shirt, 16 slim pant, 9 1/2 shoe.
10 shirt, 10 slim pant, size 2 shoe.
7/8 shirt, /78 pant, size 2 shoe.
Socks and undergarments also needed.


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