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Report by Captain Jim Kusz
North Lincoln Fire Rescue
Observant Neighbors Trigger Rapid Response to Roads End Fire
Vicki Carter was speaking to her father, when she noticed what appeared to be a heavy fog coming from the house next to the dwelling they had rented for a beach getaway. Carter, 65 from Vancouver, Washington went outside and saw flames coming from the house located at NE 64th and Mast in Roads End.
Soon multiple callers reported the fire at approximately 6:00 PM on Friday evening, April 5th, dispatching North Lincoln Fire & Rescue, to 1828 NE 64th Street. First-in units noticed smoke coming from all sides of the building and flames coming out the east bedroom window. The modest beach home, which was vacant at the time, soon was surrounded by four engines; several rescue units, and over twenty North Lincoln Fire & Rescue volunteer firefighters. Engines also responded from Depoe Bay and Nestucca Fire, and stood by with additional North Lincoln Fire & Rescue’s ladder truck and an additional rescue unit.
Firefighters on scene quickly managed to extinguish the fire; however, flames had severely damaged two bedrooms and the ceiling; heavy smoke andheat damaged the majority of the 1100 square foot beach house owned by Brad and Nancy Conklin of Dundee, Oregon.
Saturday morning investigators from the recently formed Lincoln (County) Fire Investigation Team or LFIT, determined the cause to most likely be from an electrical outlet in the bedroom.
LFIT members are Firefighters and Police officers with fire and arson investigation backgrounds. The team is activated to investigate and determine the cause of fires throughout the County. Assistant Chief Rob Murphy from Newport Fire came up to assist Saturday’s morning’s investigation along with team members from North Lincoln Fire & Rescue.