October 18 2017
SILVERTON, Oregon - On September 21, around 7:15 am Silverton Fire responded to a reported structure fire in the 4300 block of Silver Falls Hwy. The first arriving unit found fire coming from the doors and windows catching nearby trees on fire. A second alarm was called bringing in additional units from Silverton as well as units from Mt Angel and Drakes Crossing Fire Districts. Due to the location of the home, water tanker trucks were used to bring water to the scene. The fire was brought under control after about 45 minutes. The lone occupant and his dog made it out of the house safely. Red Cross is assisting the occupant. No injuries were reported by the occupant or firefighters during this fire. Crews remained on scene until 11:00 extinguishing all remaining hot spots.
The home and it's contents were a total loss. The estimated dollar amount of the loss to the home and contents is approximately $75,000. There was no insurance on the home.
The cause of the fire is still under investigation, however, it appears accidental in nature. The occupant was alerted to the fire by his dog as no working smoke alarms were inside the home. Silverton fire wants to remind everyone that working smoke alarms save lives, and encourage you to check your alarms every six months.