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Wednesday afternoon blaze started on tree near home and spread to house exterior and attic

LON AUSTIN - The fire first burned a tree before spreading to the house.

A fire that erupted early Wednesday afternoon damaged a Northeast Prineville home and blowing embers from the blaze sparked other brush fires in the area.

According to Crook County Fire and Rescue Division Chief Russ Deboodt, the fire was reported shortly after 3 p.m. at the corner of Northeast Allen Avenue and Jordan Lane. Officials were told a tree had caught fire near a home, but while firefighters were in route, the home caught fire as well.

Arriving crews found the exterior of the home burning and saw that the fire was spreading to the attic. Firefighters were able to stop the fire in the attic.

Embers from the structure fire, blown by the wind, caused several small brush fires including one on the median of Hudspeth Road and another one in a field of grasses, brush and juniper trees just west Northeast Union Loop.

In total, two structure engines, one interface engine, a brush engine and two medics responded to the fire, with a total of 13 firefighters. Crews were assisted on scene by the Prineville Police Department, City of Prineville Public Works Department, and Pacific Power, which repaired a downed power line near the burning home.

An investigation found that the fire started on the outside of the home near a large pine tree. The cause is undetermined and anyone with information on the early moments of the fire are encouraged to contact Deboodt at 541-447-5011 or Prineville Police Sgt. Jimmy O'Daniel 541-447-4168.

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