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Nobody was injured in the fires, the cause of the blaze that destroyed two homes is undetermined

LON AUSTIN - Firefighters work to extinguish fire at the Melrose Drive home.

A structure fire that erupted early Monday morning burned two houses and two other outbuildings near the corner of Southeast Combs Flat Road and Melrose Drive.

The fire was reported around 6:40 a.m., and crews responded a short time after. One residence at 1754 Melrose Drive was burning at the scene of the fire as well as an adjacent home at 890 Combs Flat Road that is accessible from an alleyway and behind the Melrose Drive home.

According to Crook County Fire and Rescue reports, 17 firefighters responded as well as four engines, two water tenders and two ambulances as crews worked for several hours to extinguish the fire. As crews worked to contain the fire, utility personnel arrived on scene to cut electrical power to the area in an attempt to help control the blaze.

According to eyewitnesses at the scene, the fire likely started in a shed between the two houses and spread to both homes thereafter.

Firefighters were able to rescue one dog and three cats from one of the homes and no occupants of either residence were injured in the fire. Red Cross was called in to assist the occupants.

Crews were assisted on scene by Crook County Sheriff's Office, Prineville Police Department, the City of Prineville Public Works Department and Oregon Department of Transportation.

CCFR officials said the cause of the fire is undetermined.

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