Sweet Home Fire Dist.

A 911 call was placed just after 10 pm yesterday, reporting a house on fire in the area of 47th avenue and Main street in Sweet Home. The Incident Commander arrived on scene five minutes after that call was placed, to find heavy fire from the front of the house with smoke from every side of the structure. 

The IC immediately requested a second alarm assignment, then updated the crews that there was potentially a victim still inside the home. An adult male and an adult female had escaped the fire, but reported to the IC that another adult male was still inside. The female had attempted to re-enter the home to assist that victim but was unable to reach him, she was transported to the hospital by ambulance with non-life-threatening injuries. 

Unfortunately, the adult male victim did not survive. The fire was brought under control by 11:15 pm. Crews remained on scene throughout the night until an investigation team arrived this morning to begin searching for the cause of the fire. Twenty firefighters responded to the scene from Sweet Home Fire with the ladder truck, 2 ambulances, 3 engines, and 2 Chief Officer vehicles. 

Supporting the incident on the second alarm assignment were a truck company and an engine company from Lebanon Fire, and an engine company from Brownsville Fire. The Office of the Oregon State Fire Marshall is leading the investigation which is still underway.  At this time it has been determined that the fire is not suspicious, the official cause is still pending until the completion of the investigation. Sweet Home Fire would like to extend our sympathy to the family, and ask that the community please allow them some privacy in this devastating situation.