From North Lincoln Fire-Rescue Captain Jim Kusz:
North Lincoln Fire & Rescue was dispatched Saturday, May 14th at 11:26am to a call of “visible smoke from a structure ” in the area near North Bank Road and Trout Lane in Otis. A passerby noticed white smoke coming out of the roof vents, and heard a smoke alarm sounding, but could not see an address on the house. The passerby called 9-1-1 and knocked on the door to see if the house was occupied. The home at 2181 North Bank was unoccupied at the time of the fire and arriving fire crews broke down the side door and quickly extinguished the fire that was contained to one bedroom in the rear of the structure.
Approximately a dozen North Lincoln volunteers firefighters responded to the incident, in several engines, a tender and rescues.
North Lincoln’s Fire Marshal Doug Kerr was investigating the scene today and estimate the property loss and damage to the dwelling to be near 50,000 dollars; the cause of the fire is still under investigation.
This incident serves as a reminder to have working smoke alarms and visible address on your home or business. Having your property well marked with an address that can be easily seen on you building from the roadway or at the end your driveway, greatly assists fire, police and medicals crews to locate you quickly during emergencies. You can get reflective address plates at the North Lincoln Fire and Rescue’s Bob Everest Station at 2525 NW Hwy. 101 in Oceanlake or the St. Clair Station at 4520 SE Hwy. 101 in the Taft area in Lincoln City.