UPDATE from Depoe Bay Fire: The Depoe Bay Fire District was dispatched to a reported structure fire at a home in Gleneden Beach on May 19th just before noon. After receiving multiple reports via 911, mutual aid resources from North Lincoln Fire and Rescue and Newport Fire were dispatched along with crews from Depoe Bay Fire.
On arrival personnel found the attached garage of one residence fully engulfed in flames and burning its way into the house. The flames and radiant heat were also spreading to an adjacent home under construction. Crews immediately went to work to protect the adjacent structure.
The garage of the primary house involved was a total loss, with extensive damage extending into the upstairs and downstairs. A boat and pickup truck were also destroyed during the firefight.
Meanwhile, damage to the next-door structure appeared to be cosmetic only. Dollar loss estimates are still to be calculated.
The cause of the fire is being investigated by the Office of the State Fire Marshal and the Lincoln County Fire Investigation Team. However, a preliminary investigation revealed the blaze originated in the garage. Residents in both homes were able to evacuate without injury. The fire was under control within 20 minutes, but crews completed extensive mop-up which lasted well over three hours.
Electric and gas utilities were disconnected to multiple homes in the neighborhood as a result of the fire. Utility companies worked through the night to restore services to those affected.
Red Cross resources were on scene to help the victims secure lodging accommodations and support.
The investigation is expected to be completed sometime this week.
12noon – House fire on Trout Place just west of Highway 101 south of Taft has been extinguished. Firefighters put the fire out and are now checking for hot spots.