Roseburg Fire Department

At 12:27 a.m. on October 16, 2019, Roseburg Fire Department was dispatched to a residential structure fire at 1748 NW Otie Street.  Residents reported the fire after being awakened by a working smoke alarm.  Residents had exited the residential structure and notified nearby neighbors of possible exposure.

Firefighters arrived on scene to find heavy fire venting from a south window and causing exposure to the south, neighboring residential home.  Pressurized black smoke was also seen emitting from the attic vents. Firefighters made an interior attack to extinguish the fire, conducted a primary and secondary search, and completed overhaul. 

 The primary home sustained structural and water damage.  The neighboring home suffered damage to the exterior siding.  One adult, two teenage children, and a dog were displaced due to the fire; however, no one was injured in the fire.  Unfortunately, two pet hamsters did not survive the fire.

A total of 13 firefighters assisted with firefighting operations.  Other agencies assisting with the fire included Douglas County Fire District #2, Umpqua Valley Ambulance, Roseburg Police Department, Pacific Power, and the American Red Cross.

The structure suffered approximately $60,000 in damage.  Fire investigators were on scene and the cause of the fire is still under investigation.

The Roseburg Fire Department would like to remind everyone of the importance of working smoke alarms and ensuring you have the appropriate number of smoke alarms installed in the home.  Remember to make sure you have working smoke alarms on every level of your home, outside each sleeping area and in every bedroom.  Roseburg Fire Department recommends that homeowners consider a home fire sprinkler system for increased protection.