REDMOND, OR -- Redmond Police are investigating an early Wednesday morning house fire on the north end of town. Firefighters responded to NW Maple Avenue, just west of Business Highway 97, at about 3 a.m. after receiving a 911 call.
Arriving fire crews found smoke and flames extending through the roof of the one-story house, threatening another structure. A power line was down and arcing in the rear of the building, as well. The fire department left at about 5:30 a.m., but were called back to the scene after more smoke was seen coming from the building; they continued to mop up the scene.
Everyone inside the home safely evacuated prior to the arrival of emergency crews, although a dog died in the blaze.
Investigators say it's too early to know the cause or whether a crime was committed.
WEDNESDAY P.M. UPDATE: Investigators report the early morning fire was caused by "Catastrophic electrical failure."
Top- Smoke and flames could be see from Business 97, near Maple Ave.
Bottom- Redmond Police shut down Maple Ave. at Highway 97 while fire crews work the blaze.