BEND, OR -- Fire caused significant damage at a Broken Top home, Friday night. Bend Fire Battalion Chief Dave Howe says when firefighters arrived on Tam McArthur Loop they "found a large house with an attic fire and smoke coming from the second floor." He tells KBND, "We were able to extinguish the fire fairly quickly; however, we had to move with the salvage efforts quite slowly because we had a tile roof that was in danger of collapsing."
Investigators later determined the blaze started in the flue of the fireplace, causing more than $500,000 in damage. Howe says those inside at the time were alerted by smoke alarms and later saw fire coming from the chimney enclosure on the roof.