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Residential fire guts couples home

Sandy, Boring and Corbett fire districts respond to an apparent electrical fire Monday


by: CONTRIBUTED PHOTO: PHIL SCHNEIDER - Nearly 20 firefighters from Sandy, Boring and Corbett worked to put out this fire Monday afternoon on Thomas Road.A residential fire on the 41000 block of Thomas Road displaced two people Monday afternoon, Nov. 25. The married couple were out at the time.

After receiving a report from a passerby, Sandy Fire District responded to the scene just after 2 p.m. Both Boring and Corbett Fire Districts assisted.

“As I was coming down the hill I could see quite a bit of smoke,” said Deputy Chief Phil Schneider. “When I arrived, there was heavy fire blowing out the front and side of the house. That’s when I called the second alarm.”

by: CONTRIBUTED PHOTO: PHIL SCHNEIDER - Most of the residents belongings were lost in the blaze that caused extensive damage to the homeThe fire, which is thought to have originated electrically, took three hours, four engines, two water tenders and nearly 20 people to put out.

American Red Cross Disaster Action Team volunteers responded to provide support for the homeowners, who, according to Schneider, lost most everything.

“The fire gutted the inside of the house,” he said.

The couple was provided lodging, comfort kits and information on Red Cross disaster health and mental health.

The homeowner reported that they had been having some problems with the home’s electrical breaker, which appeared to be the area of origin. While responders where on scene, PGE also was called to assist with a downed power line in the area. An investigation is under way now to find exactly what happened.

Schneider reported that this is the sixth fire this month that Sandy Fire District has responded two, including three within the district and three assists to neighboring districts.