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A fast fire erupted in a Woodstock home -- BEE readers snapped photos as firefighters quelled the inferno

READER-CONTRIBUTED PHOTO - From a video taken by a neighbor who wished to remain anonymous, this still frame shows flames shooting out the front windows of the Woodstock house on S.E. 45th Avenue. At 5:49 p.m. on Thursday, June 3, a late afternoon fire erupted inside a Woodstock neighborhood house at 6305 S.E. 45th Avenue. Neighbors called the 9-1-1 Center; two readers of THE BEE snapped photos of the blaze as Woodstock Fire Station's Engine Company hooked up water lines, while the firehouse's Truck Company entered the inferno, making sure anyone inside had gotten out.

CONTRIBUTED BY SCOTT CLOWER - Smoke issued from the roof as Fire Station 25 crewmembers cut vertical ventilation holes in the roof to let explosive gasses escape. Neighbor Molly Andersen told THE BEE, "At first we smelled smoke; when we walked out or our house, we saw the fire – thick, dark smoke billowing out of the chimney, all of the vents, and shooting out from under the eaves. Then a couple of windows blew out."

Ladder Truck 25's firefighters cut "vertical ventilation" holes in the roof to let the hot explosive gasses out of the burning house, while the Engine 25 crew charged in, spraying water.

Several witnesses agreed that the firefighters put out the fire very fast after they began attacking it, in the 936 sq. ft. residence; but the smoke kept issuing out the broken windows for quite some time afterward.

DAVID F. ASHTON - After quickly knocking down the fire, crews worked inside the burned Woodstock home to make sure no embers remained that could rekindle the fire.
At 7:10 p.m. a PF&R Fire Investigator arrived to probe the rubble. While the incident was dispatched as a residential fire, "with medical assistance needed" – so far, there's no report of anyone injured in the fire. The loss was heavy; the fire remains under investigation.


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