BEND, OR -- Two northeast Bend homes were heavily damaged by a fire that appears to have broken out between them. Firefighters were called to Northeast Cobble Creek just after 5:30 p.m. Tuesday and found both houses heavily involved, although everyone had safely evacuated.
Due to the extensive damage, investigators weren’t able to determine the cause, but say residents reported smelling smoke between the houses for several days prior to the blaze. They didn't see smoke and couldn’t pinpoint its origin.
Bend Fire says mulch can smolder for hours, or even days, before flames are seen. if you notice a smoke smell and can't determine the source, they recommend calling the fire department for help.