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A predawn call to 9-1-1 alerted to a house fire in north Westmoreland; three people were rescued

ERIC NORBERG - Lit blood-red by the flashing lights of the nearby fire engines, this house at 5969 S.E. 18th Street in Westmoreland betrayed little exterior evidence of the predawn fire that broke out inside – except for the smoke-blackened entrance overhang. Firefighters extinguished the blaze, and then spent a couple of hours on the "overhaul" and security of the burned interior.
A 9-1-1 call just after 5 a.m. on the rainy morning of Friday, January 15, alerted first-responders to a fire in a single story bungalow home on the northwest corner of Yukon Street at S.E. 18th Avenue in Westmorland.

Woodstock's Truck 25 and Westmoreland's Engine 20 responded, and the fire was rapidly brought under control. The occupants of the home, two adults and a child, were transported by ambulance to Emanuel Hospital for treatment of smoke inhalation.

PF&R added that a pet guinea pig was also rescued from the house "and seems to be doing fine".

The cause of the blaze is under investigation.

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