Structure Fire • Gleneden Beach
 
By Asst. Chief Bryan Daniels
May 19, 2019
 

The Depoe Bay Fire District was dispatched to a reported structure fire at a home in Gleneden Beach on May 19th just before noon. After receiving multiple reports via 911, mutual aid resources from North Lincoln Fire and Rescue and Newport Fire were dispatched along with crews from Depoe Bay Fire. On arrival personnel found the attached garage of one residence fully involved with fire and extending into the main structure. The flames and radiant heat were also spreading to an adjacent home under construction. Crews immediately went to work to protect the adjacent structure while simultaneously working to stop the main fire from further spreading through the remainder of the home where the fire started. The garage of the primary house involved was a total loss, with extensive damage extending into the living spaces of the main house. A boat and pickup truck were also destroyed during the firefight. The damage to the adjacent structure appeared to be cosmetic only. Dollar loss estimates were still to be calculated as of the evening. The cause of the fire is being investigated by the Office of the State Fire Marshal and the Lincoln County Fire Investigation Team. Residents in both homes were able to evacuate without injury. In total, three chief officers, five fire engines, and multiple support vehicles and personnel responded to the scene which remained active until 9pm. The fire was under control within 20 minutes, but crews completed extensive overhaul which lasted well over three hours.

Electric and gas utilities had to be disconnected to multiple homes in the neighborhood as a result of the fire. Utility companies worked through the night to restore services to those affected.

Red Cross resources were on scene to help the victims secure lodging accommodations and support.

The investigation is expected to be completed sometime this week.

Depoe Bay Rural Fire Protection District covers 14 miles of the central Oregon coast from Siletz Keys south to Otter Rock. Career and volunteer staff provide fire protection, rescue, and emergency medical services from 3 stations. For more information about the District and becoming a volunteer firefighter, visit www.depoebayfire.com or call 541-764-2202.