Fire caused by woodstove embers leads to death of Hubbard resident Thomas Swain.

INDEPENDENT PHOTO: JULIA COMNES - Woodstove embers flew into the attic of this house, setting it on fire and killing its sole occupant in the early morning hours of Dec. 29.
A Hubbard resident died in a two-alarm house fire on Dec. 29, according to the Oregon State Fire Marshal and other agencies.

Friends of Thomas Swain, 79, a Hubbard resident and U.S. Navy veteran, confirmed that he was the individual who died in the fire. He lived in a house on Dee Jay Way, located in Hubbard just inside the Clackamas County boundary, which was the site of the fire.

A memorial service for Swain was held on Jan. 5 at St. Agnes Church in Hubbard, according to friends of the deceased.

Agencies were called to the fire at about 6:45 a.m. the morning of Dec. 29, according to emergency dispatch service METCOM 911 and the fire marshal's office. Multiple agencies responded to the fire, including the Woodburn Fire District, the Monitor Fire District, the Hubbard Fire District, the Aurora Fire District, the Molalla Fire District and the Canby Fire District, Gina Audritsh of METCOM 911 said.

According to the fire marshal's office, the fire was started when hot embers from a woodstove flew into the house's attic area, which ignited combustibles. The fire marshal's office confirmed that the deceased individual was the sole occupant.

Swain was the vice commander of the American Legion Woodburn Post #46 and a member of the Legion's Honor Guard, which fires rifles at the Legion's annual Veterans Day and Memorial Day events at Belle Passi Cemetery. Dan Evers, commander of the Woodburn post, said Swain was a generous community member involved in many local organizations.

"He was a great guy. He would help you with anything," Evers said. "He'd give you the shirt off his back if he could."

Julia Comnes can be reached at 503-765-1195 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
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