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Fire Leads to Death Investigation

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EUGENE, Ore. — One person is dead after a fire breaks out in a north Eugene home near Greenleaf Avenue.

Police and fire are working two separate investigations. The sheriff’s office says one person is dead, but didn’t release the person’s identity.

We, however, did talk to a woman who witnessed the fire before firefighters arrived.

“I saw smoke coming out of the back–bad fire. There was a popping noise and the windows were popping and it got worse, and I tried to get people out of the way, could blow up really bad,” said neighbor Marjorie Thompson, who say the fire before firefighters arrived.

Other neighbors reported hearing someone yelling, “Fire, fire!”

The 911 call went out shortly before 2 p.m. and 28 firefighters responded. It’s unclear how many people lived in the home or were at home at the time of the fire, but the sheriff’s office says everyone else made it out safely.

“I kind of left because I didn’t know if there was going to be an explosion and I think all of us got out of the area, but there was one guy knocking on the walls trying to figure out if there was anybody in there and nobody was responding,” said neighbor Sean Curran.

The sheriff’s office had to wait until the fire threat was gone to begin its death investigation. It’s also too soon to know if there was anything criminal that contributed to this death, but the sheriff’s office says it will conduct a full investigation.

Deputies say it’s unlikely we will learn more about the victim Tuesday evening, given the dangerous conditions inside the home.

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