Community responds after fire destroys home
Residents in northern Marion County are responding with an outpouring of support after an Aurora family lost their home to a fire on Saturday, Nov. 23.
Jamie Naylor organized the fundraiser after Vince Roberts lost the home where he lives with his son, Vinny, in the fire near Aurora Airport.
Firefighters from Aurora Fire District were dispatched to the scene on Cessna St. NE, where they discovered someone attempting to control the blaze with a garden hose. A second alarm was issued, and crews arrived from Donald, along with Canby, Hubbard, Woodburn, St. Paul fire districts and Tualatin Valley Fire and Rescue.
Aurora Fire Lt. Bill Hansen said crews spent 1 ½ hours getting the fire controlled, deploying 5 engines, 4 water tenders, 2 Chiefs and 1 support unit.
"Only one home was damaged by the fire. No injuries were reported. The homeowners dog is still missing," Hansen reported. "We searched the home multiple times and due to the amount of debris, and risk for further structural collapse, we were not able to continue searching for the dog."
Roberts and his son were assisted by the American Red Cross. After investigation, the fire was determined to be accidental, caused by an electrical failure."
On Wednesday Kerry Naylor expressed gratitude via I Love Aurora! to everyone who "stopped by our store to drop off cash, gift cards and goods for the Roberts family.
"They are people who live modestly and have given much of their time to North Marion," she added. "They are grateful for your help in getting them back on their feet."
Naylor said the Roberts' will likely reside in a fifth-wheel trailer until they can manage to replace or rebuild a home on their mobile-park lot.
Firefighters kept busy
On Sunday, Nov. 24, Aurora Fire was again dispatch to a fire at an apartment attached to a garage.
Firefighters were advised that the homeowner tried to control the blaze with fire extinguishers. Once more multiple agencies responded and the incident commander requested additional water tenders as 5 fire engines, 5 water tenders, 3 Chiefs and a support unit were deployed.
Hansen said the crews were able to control the fire within 20 minutes and spent another 20 minutes on the site to check for hot spots and ensure that the fire didn't spread throughout the structure.
"The apartment was determined to be vacant at the time of the fire so no residents were displaced due to the incident," Hansen noted.
"One of the most concerning parts about these two fires is that neither of the residences had working smoke alarms," Hansen stressed. "We can't stress enough the importance of working smoke alarms outside sleeping areas. Remember to check them when you change your clock, at minimum. If these fires occurred in the middle of the night, the news story could read very differently."
Smoke Alarms: Anyone in the Aurora Fire District needing assistance with or has questions about smoke alarms should call (503) 678-5966 or visit www.aurorafire.org.
Donations for the Aurora family who lost their home in the fire are being collected at French Prairie Perennials, 14936 3rd St, Aurora. Hours are 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Tuesday through Sunday, or visit the "I Love Aurora!" Facebook page.
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