Lebanon woman escapes house fire through bathroom window

Firefighters were on scene for one hour clearing smoke and checking for any fire extension into the walls and attic space.

Posted: Jun 15, 2021 7:47 AM
Updated: Jun 15, 2021 9:57 AM

LEBANON, Ore. -- A fire broke out in a Lebanon home early Tuesday morning. 

According to the Lebanon Fire District, at about 2 a.m. a woman heard a smoke detector going off while showering. The resident then noticed smoke coming from around the bathroom door, so she escaped through a window. 

The woman saw flames coming from her bedroom and tried to put it out with a garden hose. Officials says she then notified family members who lived down the street. 

The resident’s uncle arrived and entered the home through a bedroom window where he encountered heavy smoke with heat and could see a fire near the wall. The family member attempted to extinguish the blaze with a fire extinguisher and threw a burning mattress outside, through the window. The resident then called 911.

When fire crews arrived to the single-family residence, they found smoke coming from the front door. Once officials entered the home, they encountered light smoke but the fire was out, after the resident's family used an extinguisher. 

Firefighters were on scene for one hour clearing smoke and checking for any fire extension into the walls and attic space.

The cause of the fire is under investigation but early indications suggest a plugged-in vaping device that was recharging in the bedroom at the time of the fire.

No occupants or firefighters were injured during the incident.

The Lebanon Fire District wants to remind community members of the importance of functioning smoke detectors. They ask that you check your detectors regularly and make sure there are adequate numbers of detectors in your residence.

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