A house at 10654 Highway 101 in Seal Rock filled with smoke Sunday, causing the highway to be shut down so that firefighters could stretch their hoses across the highway to a fire hydrant on the other side. Looks like they got enough water on the fire just in time.
The fire triggered a “fill the gap” procedure as Seal Rock, Newport and Yachats Fire Departments raced in to save the home while other fire departments moved in to still provide coverage in the area should another fire break out. Here’s a statement from one of the firefighters who thanked outlying fire departments who helped cover Toledo, Newport and Yachats.
“Today in Seal Rock we responded to help Seal Rock Fire District with a house fire. Because of a very observant neighbor, the crews from Seal Rock Fire, City of Newport Fire Department, Yachats Rural Fire Protection and our department were able to stop the fire before major damage occurred.
We had to shut down Highway 101 so the fire hydrant on the opposite side of the highway could get water on the fire quickly. We thank you all for your patience and understanding.
We would also like to thank Oregon State Police, Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office and Oregon Department of Transportation for their help with traffic control and detours. Thank you also goes to Pacific West Ambulance for standing by for us if we needed you! In true form Toledo Fire & Rescue came over for Newport backup and South County coverage and Siletz Valley Fire District stepped in to provide standby back-up for Toledo. Thank you again everyone!”
No official word yet on the cause or extent of the fire.