Multiple house fires in Gleneden Beach near Depoe Bay claims two lives.
At approximately 11:42 PM Saturday evening Depoe Bay Fire District responded to a report of a house fire on Alderwood Street in Gleneden Beach. Multiple 911 callers reported a two story home fully engulfed in flame with additional smoke and flames coming from a neighboring house. Callers also stated there were people trapped on the second story deck.
Depoe Bay Firefighters responded and the first fire engine on scene reported a fully engulfed two story house, a second home on fire, a power line down in the middle of the street and a person down on the ground with CPR in progress.
Fire units immediately transitioned into a defensive mode meaning the building was a total loss, and priority had shifted to rescue and to saving nearby structures. The arriving crews worked with Pacific West Ambulance to provide care for a female in cardiac arrest. Once firefighters established water supplies from hydrants, firefighters were able to deploy hose lines around the house and start extinguishing the fire. Engines from North Lincoln Fire District and Newport Fire Department also responded and assisted with extinguishing the fire.
The initial house that caught fire began to catch two additional houses near it on fire. However, crews were able to protect and stop any further fire spread to those houses by quickly getting water on them. The neighboring houses sustained minor damage. The two victims of the fire have not been identified and the cause of death is still under investigation. Further information regarding the loss of life will be forthcoming through a press release from the Lincoln County Sheriffs Office.
Pacific West Ambulance responded with additional ambulances to treat and transport additional patients on scene. The fire was knocked down and firefighters began to extinguish any remaining hot spots.
Quick response by newly hired additional full time firefighters along with a fast volunteer response figured heavily in the firefight and being able to contain the huge blaze.
The Oregon State Fire Marshal’s Office, Oregon State Police Arson Team and the Lincoln County Sheriffs Office, and the Lincoln County Fire Investigation Team were requested to assist with the investigation. The investigation is still pending and the cause is yet to be determined.