Firefighters stop two-alarm fire from spreading to house
A single-family home was saved from flames billowing out of its detached garage in the early morning hours of Nov. 13.
A neighbor across the street reported the garage fire in the 400 block of Rye Street at 1:16 a.m. When responders arrived on scene, the magnitude of the blaze prompted the call for a second alarm.
"As soon as we know it's what we call a working fire or an active fire, we'll ask for second alarm, and that brings three more engines," Woodburn Fire Chief Joe Budge explained.
Units from Woodburn, Hubbard, Marion County, Monitor and St. Paul fire districts responded, and the flames were contained by 1:46 a.m., Budge said.
"It would have extended to the house had they not knocked it out quickly," Budge said.
He noted that some smoke did get into the house through an open door, but the house, which is home to three adults, two children and an undetermined number of pets, is livable. No one was injured.
Regardless, the local American Red Cross responded to provide resources to the affected family. Red Cross provides immediate needs such as temporary housing, food, clothing, comfort kits with toiletry items, information about recovery services, and health and mental health services. Budge said the cause of the fire remains undetermined, but it likely has to do with how materials were being stored in the garage.