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Family Escapes House Fire, Loses Pets

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EUGENE, Ore. — A Eugene family is displaced after a fire destroyed their home overnight on Monday. It happened on the 1500 block of North Park Avenue, a little before 2 a.m. Firefighters say the fire started in the garage. They say flames were shooting out of the garage and quickly spread throughout the home, causing extensive damage.

“Heavy flame damage to one end of the house, garage, and attic and extensive smoke damage to the rest of the house. It will be uninhabitable at this point, said Battalion Chief Scott Bishop of the Eugene Fire Department.

It took crews about an hour to get the fire under control. The fire marshal was on scene assessing the damage. He told the homeowner that he couldn’t determine the cause of the fire because investigators were unable to find the ignition source.

“It is a bit overwhelming because it’s nice to know what could have caused it and why it happened to be able to prevent it,” said homeowner Mike Owen.

Owen, his wife and their 3-year-old daughter escaped the fire unharmed. Unfortunately, their dog, two cats, and catfish did not make it.

There was an immediate show of support from the community in wake of this tragic loss. Neighbors came by with blankets and clothes for the family, and a viewer drove by to give the family a donation; a gesture that made Owen choke up.

“It actually feels great for someone to come up and say, ‘I just saw your story on the news and I just want to give you a little something,'” said Owen.

The fire marshal estimates the damage to be $100,000.

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