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Brad Taylor Video
Dave Morgan, Editor
Fire gutted a Toledo apartment house at 711 NW ‘A’ Street early this morning. Two residents were injured, one male seriously with severe burns. He was Lifeflighted to Emanuel Legacy Medical Center in Portland. Another man was confronted by flames at his front door and had to resort to going out a back window from the second story. His dog also went with him. He suffered some minor cuts and bruises but otherwise he’s okay. His dog was not injured.
The video has the sound of fireworks going off, but Fire Chief Will Ewing tells News Lincoln County that there was ammunition also exploding from inside the fire. One resident we interviewed during the fire indicated that his neighbor’s couch next door was fully engulfed in flame. Chief Ewing says that conforms with their investigation but they haven’t yet confirmed the exact cause of the blaze.
Chief Ewing says the fire was a hard one to put out, requiring assistance from both Newport and Siletz Fire Departments. Ewing says the apartment building, with nine units in it, was built in the 1940’s and had survived an earlier fire. But, he added, “This blaze gave it a knock-out punch. They may have to bulldoze what’s left.”
Chief Ewing says about twenty people lost their home and that the Red Cross has arranged temporary shelter for those who could not find alternative housing for themselves. A community fundraising effort is expected to emerge very quickly.