ALBANY, Ore. -- Firefighters responded to a house fire Wednesday night, and officials said discarded ashes were to blame for the blaze.
Albany Fire Department officials said the fire began at about 9:30 p.m. outside a home on 38th Avenue SE, where fireplace ashes had been "improperly discarded."
The resident escaped the fire before crews arrived, and firefighters had the blaze under control by about 10:20 p.m. Tangent and Corvallis fire departments responded to Albany to cover emergency calls.
The damage is estimated to be $100,000.
Officials said that people should treat all coal and ashes as if they were hot, and follow these steps:
- Allow ashes to cool completely in a fireplace or fire pit
- Transfer ashes to a metal bucket
- Keep the metal bucket outside away from combustibles
- Wet the metal container and ashes down
- Do not place other combustibles in the metal container
- Do not use a combustible container for ashes