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Two houses damaged in fire caused by improper disposal of smoking materials

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News Release from Newport Fire Department:

House Fires 3300 Block of NE Avery Street caused by improper disposal of smoking materials.

At 4:07 PM on Monday, April, 12, Newport Fire Department was dispatched to a report of smoke coming from a house on 3300 block of NE Avery Street in Pacific Homes Beach Club. While in route, dispatch advised one house had flames coming out and a second house was catching fire. Upon arrival, fire units observed a single-story residence with heavy smoke and fire that was being driven by a strong wind out of the NW and a second home to the north starting to catch fire.

It was reported that everyone was out of both residences.  Fire crews established a water supply and used ground hose “monitors” and hose lines to stop the advance of the fire. Additional crews stopped the spread of the fire at the house to the north. Fire crews remained on scene for about 5 hours inspecting and extinguishing hot spots in both structures. The house initially on fire was a total loss. The adjacent structure to the north suffered fire, smoke and water damage. A third home to the south suffered minor heat damage only. No injuries were reported. 2 families were displaced and staying with relatives.

The cause of the fire was improperly discarded smoking debris. Newport Fire Department reminds you to have a working smoke detector and test it regularly, and properly discard smoking debris in a noncombustible container with a noncombustible lid.

Newport Fire Department received mutual aid response from Depoe Bay Fire District, Toledo Fire Dept., Central Oregon Coast Fire District, Seal Rock Fire District, & Siletz Valley Fire District. Lincoln County Sherriff’s Office, Central Lincoln PUD, Office of the State Fire Marshal, Newport Police Department and Pacific West Ambulance provided additional assistance. Newport Fire Department responded with 2 fire engines, 2 Rescues, 2 chief officers and 22 firefighters.

Newport Fire Department
541-265-9461

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4:08pm  House fire at 3342 NE Avery.  All occupants evacuated.  Family next door to the south is evacuating their house as well.

4:16pm  Toledo and Depoe Bay Fire Departments are enroute to help fight the blaze.

4:22pm  Fire has spread to an adjoining house.

4:24pm  Fire Chief orders “defensive” firefighting.  Likely two homes will be lost.  Firefighters are trying to save other homes that are tightly spaced – less than 15 feet apart.

4:33pm  Additional firefighters are arriving on scene.  Primary directive is to save nearby homes.  Sounds like two homes are already lost.

5:35pm  Sounds like fires are out.  Chief Rob Murphy orders mop-up including looking for hot spots.

5:45pm  Newport Fire Chief Rob Murphy says the fire crews managed to constrain the fire to two homes.  The home that caught fire first at 3342 was destroyed – the house to the south sustained some damage but was saved.  Chief Murphy said fire crews did a great job of fighting the blazes despite 20 to 25 mile an hour winds coming from the northeast.

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