Fire causes $40,000 loss at Lakewood Bay
A fire that broke out just after midnight on Tuesday caused $40,000 in damage and lost property at the Lakewood Bay Community Club.
Flames were spotted at 1:05 a.m. by a citizen, who immediately called 9-1-1. Dispatchers soon directed Lake Oswego Fire Department firefighters to 602 Cabana Lane.
Firefighters found a storage building on top of a deck built over Lakewood Bay to be entirely aflame, and the fire had spread to the deck area. While this made the fire more difficult to fight and caused the possibility of firefighters falling through the deck floor, the blaze was put out and no injuries occurred.
The site of the fire is an easement among the residents in that neighborhood. Residents have access to Lakewood Bay from the easement. About 20 kayaks and paddle boats were stored there, and at least 12 of them were destroyed by the fire.
Residents of the club had been working to prepare the facilities for summer hours and had stained the deck on Monday.
Investigators are still seeking to find the cause for the blaze, and they are not ruling out the possibility of oily staining equipment on the deck causing the fire, according to Lake Oswego Fire Marshal Gert Zoutendijk in his official report.
Jan Goodwin, president of the Lakewood Bay Easement, disputed that staining equipment or materials caused the blaze.
"There were no staining equipment or materials on the site," Goodwin said. "Our insurance adjuster said that the fire started near the garbage can area and that the cause is undetermined."
The fire caused $25,000 in structural damage and $15,000 in content damage, including the privately owned kayaks.