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Fire units from Siletz and Toledo raced to a report of a major house fire on Bently Court, east of Siletz Saturday evening. Firefighters say they pulled up to see flames emanating from 6252 Bentley Court in the Twin Bridges area right off Logsden Road. The house was said to be fairly new, and was a total loss.
Fortunately there are no reports of any injuries. Fire Chief Dave Lapof said the husband and wife and their children were in Portland visiting friends when the fire broke out. Their dogs and cats were able to flee the house and were retrieved by a neighbor who is a practicing veterinarian. Fire investigators are expected to be soon on scene to begin their investigation into the cause.
Two aspects that caused fire fighters to be frustrated with their initial attack on the blaze was that there were reports of propane tanks outside and perhaps one inside the home. Upon learning of that information fire fighters had to pull back a considerable distance from the home lest they raise the chances that if a propane tank exploded they would be unwittingly right next to it, or near it. As it turned out, the danger was not as great as they thought but that information came too late to save even a portion of the home.
Another aspect raised by Chief Lapof is that rural residents should always have overhead sprinkler systems. Overhead systems can extinguish any fire or slow it down long enough for fire fighters to get there. Firefighters complain that the public still doesn’t realize that overhead sprinkler heads are activated ONLY IN THE AREA OF A FIRE. They don’t activate all sprinkler heads throughout the rest of the home or business. So there is no excuse for not having them. Yes they do cost a bit to install, but with new homes they pay for themselves by saving homeowners a great deal of money on their homeowners fire insurance. And that fact also makes them more affordable even if sprinklers are part of a retrofit.