Firefighters pulled up outside but saw no smoke or flame. They were greeted at the door by an occupant who said there was light smoke in the house.
Firefighters started tracing the source of the heat and smoke and determined it was inside one of the walls. Unfortunately, there was only one thing to do and that was to start chopping in the vicinity of wall plugs because that’s usually the source of an electrical fire. And they eventually found it.
Siletz Fire Chief RC Mock said the home was an older house that had been remodeled or otherwise changed over the years, dating back to the 1940s. So there were a lot of cubby holes that the embers could hide in. It was around 4am that firefighters were confident that they had successfully tracked down the source of the fire (wall plug) and the burn pattern which they followed with water. And they got it all.
One safety suggestion. If you think you’ve got an electrical fire, the first thing to do is grab a flashlight and then go to the breaker box and flip all the breakers to the OFF position. It’s always a good strategy knowing that if the fire is electrical in nature, you can stop feeding the flames.
The family did not require Red Cross assistance for temporary shelter.