Crews respond to fire near homeless camp in Roseburg

Fire officials said the railroad wasn’t damaged, but a communications line from a nearby power pole was.

Posted: Jun 24, 2019 5:18 PM

ROSEBURG, Ore. -- Crews responded to SE Mill Street in Roseburg Monday morning after reports multiple subjects were seen running away from a railroad tie fire.

Firefighters with Douglas County Fire District No. 2 arrived at the end of the street, near a homeless camp in the area, after 5 a.m. and found an entire pile of railroad ties on fire.

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Crews contained the flames but stayed at the scene for a couple of hours to cool the pile.

Fire officials said the railroad wasn’t damaged, but a communications line from a nearby power pole was.

The fire district responded with two brush rigs, one fire engine, two water tenders and a command rig.

The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office, Roseburg Police Department and Pacific Power assisted.

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