Residential Structure Fire - 116 NE Athena Avenue

Roseburg Fire Department - 01/20/19 

At 4:40 p.m. on January 20, 2019, the Roseburg Fire Department was dispatched to a residential structure fire at 116 NE Athena Avenue. The fire was reported by a nearby neighbor.  The neighbor stated smoke was coming out of the residential structure with no flames seen.  The neighbor reported an occupant was inside the structure and unable to exit the residence.

Firefighters arrived on scene to find smoke billowing from the residential structure. Upon arrival, firefighters entered the structure with knowledge of a possible rescue.  Firefighters quickly extinguished the fire and were able to protect the surrounding structures from damage. Unfortunately, the resident of the structure, 76 year old Elaine Hamlin and two of her cats did not survive the fire.   Next of kin has been notified.

The structure which is valued at $6,800 was determined to be a total loss due to the water, smoke, and structural damage to the residence.   The exact cause of the fire is under investigation.  The fire was determined to be accidental in nature.

A total of 13 firefighters assisted with firefighting operations. Other agencies assisting with the fire included Douglas County Fire District #2, Pacific Power, Roseburg Police Department, Umpqua Valley Ambulance, Douglas County Sheriff’s Office, and the Douglas County Medical Examiner’s Office.

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