LA PINE, OR -- A La Pine home suffered significant damage in a Thursday morning fire. The two renters were awakened by smoke detectors just before 6:45 a.m., and discovered flames coming from an unoccupied bedroom.
The couple evacuated with their pets and called 911. They told dispatchers they were trapped in the small back yard by smoke and flames. Firefighters arrived on Heath Drive within 6 minutes, and found the home about 50-percent involved, with fire venting from two windows. Crews quickly got the couple and their animals to safety.
There were no injuries, but the residents are not insured. The Red Cross is helping the couple. The cause of the blaze is under investigation, but fire officials believe it may have started with a lamp plugged into a power strip.
UPDATE: La Pine firefighters responded to the home again, just before 12:30 p.m., Thursday. They quickly extinguished a second fire in the garage. The residents had returned to collect some belongings, when a fire started in a wheel chair and some bedding. The couple immediately left the scene and neighbors who had observed the situation called 911. Oregon State Police, the Deschutes County Sheriff's Office and state Fire Marshall are investigating the circumstances surrounding the second blaze. It occurred in a different part of the house and is considered physically unrelated to the first.