At approximately 12:30 p.m. on May 10, North Lincoln Fire and Rescue (NLFR) were dispatched to a house fire on N. Deer Dr. in Otis.
An exterior fire was reported next to the home with windows breaking where the fire was located outside the home. The home was unoccupied, however there were three dogs in the garage attached to the home.
“There were animals in the garage, but they were quickly removed by the neighbors or owners prior to the arrival of our crews,” NLFR Fire Marshal Ed Ulrich said.
Upon arrival crews found several neighbors, who had begun to extinguish the fire with garden hoses. NLFR crews took over and extinguished the fire on the exterior and the slight fire that had made it into the bedroom. All the pets were unharmed and damage was limited to the exterior and one room of the house.
Fire response on scene was two engines, one rescue, two Chief Officers, PWA Medic Unit and the Lincoln County Sheriff's Office. Several more apparatus were coming, but not needed including Mutual Aid from Depoe Bay Fire and Nestucca Fire.
“Our neighboring crews were returned within an hour of the original call,” Ulrich said. “It’s a pretty standard procedure here. Our neighboring crews help us when needed and we do the same.”
Currently, the fire is still under investigation for a possible cause according to Ulrich.
Ulrich and NLFR Chief Rob Dahlman credit the quick work by the tight knit community in the area and rapid response by NLFR for saving property and the dogs.
“We were thankful the neighbors were paying attention and able to assist and alert us,” Ulrich said. “Oftentimes the indoor fire alarms won’t detect a fire occurring outside of a home, so we were lucky the neighbors were paying attention.”