JUNCTION CITY, Ore. — A house fire in Junction City reduced a home to rubble on Friday.
The Junction City Fire Department says it’s still looking for a woman who may be inside the home.
Neighbors say they called 9-1-1 Friday morning, but it was too late. The house on the 96000 block of Noraton Road was already engulfed in flames.
“It was really flaming up. It was going,” said neighbor David Brockman.
Neighbors say they heard what sounded like an explosion.
“We heard some kind of crackling or popping noises and stuff and a couple of kind of whooshing or booms,” said neighbor David Greenwalt.
Their worst fear–that their neighbor Judy Perdue was inside the home–was in the back of their minds.
“I’m thinking basically that she went in the fire, but I can’t see her being out anywhere else,” Greenwalt said.
The Junction City Fire Department says it doesn’t know when the fire broke out. It received the call around 10 a.m. Friday morning from neighbors and arrived 10 minutes later.
“The building was fully involved and already starting to collapse. We haven’t 100 percent determined if she is home or not,” said Carl Perry, Junction City Fire Chief.
As of Friday afternoon, Perry says crews have been searching for Perdue, but they haven’t found her. Her car parked is charred evidence.
“If her car was home and stuff, she may be in the house and stuff because she didn’t get out much,” Greenwalt said.
“We’d see her out walking every now and then, but she pretty much stayed by herself,” Brockman said.
Brockman and Greenwalt have lived here for more than 60 years combined. They say people look out for each other.
“It was really a hot fire and stuff, and if she was in it, I don’t know. She was a nice old lady,” Greenwalt said.
Firefighters were working at the home throughout much of the day. The cause is still under investigation, and no estimate on damage costs at this point.