By Kiera Morgan;
Tuesday night December 5, at approximately 11:49 pm, the Toledo Fire and Toledo Police Departments responded to a home on NE 9th Street in Toledo for a fully engulfed house fire. The Toledo Fire Department firefighter’s quickly determined the house was vacant. First arriving fire crews found fire and smoke coming from a garage window and a bathroom window. Toledo Fire Chief Will Ewing noticed that the walls of the garage, which were aluminum were starting to buckle under the intense heat of the fire. He said that created some challenges with mop up of the fire.
He said the fire hydrant wasn’t working so they had a challenge getting water. So he said “the fire had a pretty good head start, but once they got access to water we were able to get it knocked down pretty quickly.” He added that overhaul and mop up was also a bit of a challenge. “The fire had gotten into the attic and underneath the flooring and into the basement.” He said fire crews stayed on scene until about 4:30am.
The home was vacant at the time the fire broke out. It had been a rental and the occupants had moved out so there was no furnishings in the home at the time. Neighbors saw the glow of the fire in the garage and called 911. The value of the home is estimated at around $140,000. The cause of the fire is still under investigation by the Toledo Fire Department, the Oregon State Fire Marshal and Toledo Police. Anyone who saw anything unusual at the residence before the fire, or anyone who may have a video is asked to contact the Toledo Police Department at 541-336-5555.
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