CLE ELUM, Wash. - As firefighters continued the battle against the Taylor Bridge Fire, hoping for containment of the blaze on Tuesday, KIRO 7 Eyewitness News reporter Jeff Dubois drove into one Cle Elum-area neighborhood to see the damage left behind.
Dubois said he was encouraged as he entered the Sunlight Waters community and saw porch lights on now that people have been allowed back into the area.
But then he came upon a property for sale, with a real estate sign that was warped by heat from the fire, which crawled up the hillside and flattened a manufactured home.
He found the home's listing online: the now-destroyed 500 square-foot vacation home was for sale for $55,000.
Dubois saw other homes in the development that were spared, including properties where homes and cars were doused with thick, red fire retardant that had been dropped from the air.
He said the residents who were spared feel lucky because for days, they weren't sure if they'd have anything to come home to.
But their relief and happiness is tempered by the sadness of their neighbors, he said, who have lost everything in the fire.
A moderate breeze blew Tuesday morning, and there were no plumes of smoke or flare-ups.