Siletz House Fire Takes a Life
On the afternoon of July 29th, 2019, a residential structure fire at 155 NE Metcalf Avenue in Siletz claimed a life of a female resident. Immediate family have been notified but names will be kept private out of respect. Siletz Valley Fire District, Toledo Fire Rescue, and Newport Fire Department assisted with the fire attack.
On the afternoon of July 29th, 2019, a residential structure fire on NE Metcalf Ave. in Siletz claimed a life of a female resident. Immediate family to those involved have been notified but names will be kept private out of respect. Siletz Valley Fire District, Toledo Fire Rescue, and Newport Fire Department assisted with extinguishment and rescue efforts.
At the time of notification about the fire, Siletz Valley Fire District was nearing completion of a medical aid call that involved an extensive rescue, adjacent to the Siletz River, off of Old River Road. Lincoln County Rope Rescue Team (members from all Lincoln County Fire Agencies), and Pacific West Ambulance joined Siletz Fire with the medical aid rescue and coordination of landing a Life Flight helicopter when fire tones went off on everyone’s portable 2-way radios. It was a house fire on Metcalf Avenue. Resources were carefully managed so that first responders could focus on both emergencies at once. As a result, Siletz Fire and mutual aid personnel were already near the vicinity of the fire, making for a quick response. But unfortunately, they were not able to rescue the victim in time.
Lincoln County Fire Investigation Team, composed of members from all county fire agencies, along with the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office, and the State Fire Marshal’s Office conducted the investigation.
Two people lived in the home, but only the victim was home at the time of the fire. The blaze was determined to be accidental and no foul play was involved. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends who mourn the loss of their loved one. We also honor the bravery of the volunteer firefighters who strived for a better outcome.