ROSEBURG, Ore. – A smoke alarm helped save a Roseburg family whose house caught on fire overnight Wednesday, fire officials said.
In total, two homes were damaged by the fire.
Crews responded to the 1700 block of Otie Street at about 12:30 a.m. They said the residents reported the fire after being awakened by a working smoke alarm. Officials said the residents evacuated and let neighbors know.
Firefighters found heavy fire from a south window, exposing a neighboring home to damages. Pressurized black smoke was also seen coming from attic vents.
Crews worked to put out the fire.
In the end, the primary home sustained structural and water damage costing an estimated $60,000. The neighboring home’s exterior siding was damaged, as well. The cause is under investigation.
An adult, two teenage children and a dog were displaced due to the fire. No people were injured, but two pet hamsters died.
Thirteen firefighters assisted with operations. The Douglas County Fire District #2, Umpqua Valley Ambulance, Roseburg Police Department, Pacific Power and the American Red Cross assisted.
The Roseburg Fire Department urges everyone to ensure they have the appropriate number of smoke alarms installed in their homes and make sure they are working. There should be smoke alarms on every level of a home, outside each sleeping area and in every bedroom.