Firework spark likely culprit in structure fire
A structure fire was reported by several local residents Saturday evening just prior to the fireworks display on Viewpoint in Prineville.
The incident was first reported at 9:54 p.m. on the corner of Southwest Ewen Street and Fifth Place, behind Meadow Lakes Golf Course in Prineville.
"Saturday night during the Fourth of July fireworks, the fire was most likely caused by an errant spark from fireworks," commented Division Chief and Fire Marshal Russ Deboodt. "It damaged two small sheds on private property and damaged one house, and a power pole as well."
Three fire engines from Crook County Fire and Rescue responded to the fire, as well as one Battalion Chief and eight fire personnel. No injuries or rescues were reported.
The fire started in a row of arborvitaes shrubs on the back of the parking lot of Meadow Lakes Golf Course. It burned almost one-third of the row, leading right up to the edge of the foot bridge on the south end of the parking lot near the cart sheds. In the process, it burned some sheds on private property and damaged a private residence—including damage to their garden and other property. There was also damage to power lines in the area.
Captain Larry Seymour of the Prineville Police Department reported that the fire is being handled as an ongoing reckless burning investigation.
"We believe the cause was from illegal fireworks," said Seymour.
He added that they saw more individual fireworks than they usually do during the Fourth of July.
Zach Lampert, Facility manager and Head Golf Pro for Meadow Lakes Golf Course, said that there was wide speculation at the time of the reports that the golf club was on fire. He recalled that the Crook County Fire and Rescue responded quickly and got water on the fire immediately—and saved the next house by the damaged home by the row of arborvitaes shrubs.
Lampert added that the fire came within ten feet of the golf cart garage—which was directly across from the arborvitaes shrubs.
The investigation is ongoing at this time.
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