Fire destroys shed near Luscher Farm in Lake Oswego
A storage shed near Lake Oswego's Luscher Farm was destroyed by a fire Tuesday morning, according to the Lake Oswego Fire Department.
The cause of the fire was still unknown as of Tuesday afternoon, and no injuries were reported. A backhoe was also destroyed in the fire, the LOFD announced in a press release Tuesday, and damages totalled $365,000 between the building and its contents ($225,000) and the backhoe ($145,000).
The property is owned by the City and the shed was used by the Parks and Recreation Department for storage.
Resident Robert Engel said he was driving to the gym early Tuesday when he spotted smoke and called 911. Engel also checked to make sure no one was in danger.
When firefighters arrived, the backhoe had already been completely burned and the shed was fully engulfed in flames according to the press release.
"Quick action from the firefighters prevented any fire (from spreading) to nearby buildings and a very large wheat field," LOFD Fire Marshal Gert Zoutendijk said in the press release.
According to Zoutendijk the fire originated on a stump at the corner of the property, which had been burning for hours before it spread to the shed. But as of Tuesday, investigators had yet to determine the exact cause.
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