Fire leaves west Eugene home unlivable

Officials said the home's resident was gone but rescued a rabbit and dog.

Posted: Dec 28, 2019 5:25 PM
Updated: Dec 28, 2019 5:32 PM

EUGENE, Ore.-- A dog and rabbit were rescued from a fire Saturday afternoon that left a west Eugene home unlivable, authorities said. 

According to Eugene Springfield Fire, dispatch received calls about smoke billowing from the windows of a home on the 4900 block of Cone Avenue just before noon. 

They arrived to find the blaze blowing out windows in the front room of the home. Officials said they discovered the home's resident was gone but rescued a rabbit and dog.

Crews extinguished the fire but soon found that the flames had extended into the floor. Firefighters cut into the floor in order to put it out.

"There's quite a lot of smoke that extended through the back of the house and the resident won't be able to stay there for quite a while," said battalion chief Matthew Steinberg. 

Nextdoor neighbor Joanne Rushman learned about the fire when passersby knocked on her door and alerted her. She described clouds of black smoke coming out of the windows. 

"I came outside quick, and I knew (the resident) had a dog," she said. "I was concerned because I hadn't seen her outside and I knew he was gone. But after a few minutes, they brought the dog out alive."

Rushman is caring for the dog and rabbit until the house's resident returns. The cause of the fire is under investigation.

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