An improperly installed wood stove causes house fire, fundraisers being held

A fire that started in a family room from an improperly installed stove, spread and ultimately caused the roof to partially collapse on the home. Now, the community is coming together to help homeowner Dee Miller cover the costs of rebuilding her home, not covered by her insurance.

The fire broke out around 12:30 a.m. Dec. 6 on East 10th Street and South Pacific Street.

Miller was home at the time the fire started, but was able to escape without injury.

“They were out without injuries, and no firefighters were injured either,” Newberg Fire Marshall Chris Mayfield said.

A one alarm fire, Mayfield estimated to have caused around $50,000 in damage to the home.

“It began in the family room or living room area and smoked up the house,” Mayfield said.

The fire spread from the living room or family room area of the home, to the attic, and ultimately to the roof that partially collapsed on the home.

From the time fire fighters arrived, Mayfield said it only took 15 minutes to put out the fire. The overhaul after the fire took another hour.

“The homeowner was taken care of by friends or family to keep warm,” Mayfield said.

Due to the extensive damage on the home, Miller will be displaced while clean up efforts continue.

Miller, a bartender at Lumpy’s in Dundee, will receive donations collected during upcoming fundraising events hosted by the tavern.

“Dee lost so very much in a house fire last Friday … this is a remarkable person who has spent her life taking care of so many people in this community!” reads a post on Lumpy’s Facebook page. “Now it's our turn! She's the one in need of some compassion and it's time to pay it forward!”

From 6 p.m. until closing on Saturday, all Jell-O shots purchased at Lumpy’s will benefit a fund set up for Miller to cover what her insurance will not. In addition, the band Sal and the Salamanders will play beginning at 9 p.m.

The tavern is also in the process of setting up a raffle for Miller, scheduled for Saturday, but is on the hunt for donations for good and services. Tina Rutland, a bartender, encourages those who can donate goods, services, and other unique items to contact the tavern.

“100 percent of the proceeds are going to Dee,” said Rutland.

Rutland also said that Miller will be in need of carpentry and electrical services in the future to rebuild her home.

For more information on the fundraising events for Miller, visit Lumpy’s Facebook page, or call 503-538-9719.

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