Home on Blaine Street destroyed by fire, nine residents displaced and one hospitalized

COURTESY PHOTO: WOODBURN FIRE DISTRICT - All people inside a home destroyed by fire in the 800 block of Blaine Street on Tuesday late afternoon were able to escape with no or few injuries.Fire destroyed a house on Blaine Street in Woodburn Tuesday afternoon, displacing nine residents - three adults and six children. One person has reportedly been hospitalized with burns.

The cause is still undetermined, but Woodburn Fire Marshal Jim Gibbs said it is being considered suspicious.

Eight people were in the house at the time of the fire around 4:30 p.m., according to Gibbs. Six of them were residents and two were friends visiting. Most of them were teens, and the owner of the home was at work.

When the fire broke out it trapped three people in a back room and two individuals had to help rescue them through a window, Gibbs said. The last to leave was reportedly the grandmother of the family, who was hospitalized with burns to her hands and feet.

Tragically, only two of the family's 10 dogs are thought to have survived the fire, Gibbs said.

The house has been determined a total loss, Gibbs said.

A trailer where two other people lived on the property was also damaged by the fire and will have to be evaluated before the residents can move back in, Gibbs said.

A 6-year-old boy who is a relative of the residents was reportedly playing alone outside and saw the fire start on the front porch. The boy ran home to a neighboring apartment but didn't warn anyone about the fire.

The front porch of the house was crowded with possessions, including a piano, bikes and paint cans. However, there was no obvious heat source or electrical source which could have sparked the fire, Gibbs said.

The Red Cross responded to assist the victims, providing temporary housing, food, clothing, comfort kits with toiletry items, information about recovery services, and health and mental health services.

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