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Newport: Homeless camp fire on Highway 20 just east of Newport – two burned, one seriously

Provided by Newport Fire Dept.
(No firefighter injuries)

At around 11:40 PM Saturday night Newport Fire Department responded to a report of a tent on fire at a homeless encampment off Highway 20. The first arriving fire engine reported a significant fire about a hundred yards into the woods. After a few minutes it was determined that two persons were in the tent when it caught fire and the two suffered burns, one seriously.

A hose team was advanced to the campsite and extinguished the fire along with several spot fires around the tent. The first injured person was treated on scene by fire personnel, then transported to the Emergency Room by Pacific West Ambulance. He was subsequently airlifted to Emmanuel Hospital in Portland for treatment of his burns. The second person was treated and released on scene by fire personnel, and was housed overnight by a local friend.

The fire was caused by smoking debris within the tent. Newport Fire Department urges everyone to take proper precautions to ensure all smoking materials are fully extinguished and properly discarded. Any questions may be directed to Assistant Chief / Fire Marshal Rob Murphy at 541-265-9461.

Newport Fire Department responded with 2 fire engines, 1 brush rig, 1 command unit and 10 firefighters. Newport Police Department assisted with traffic control, and Pacific West Ambulance provided medical services.

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