2 firefighters, 1 resident injured as fire rips through historic Oregon home
LEBANON, Ore. - Two firefighters and a resident suffered injuries as a fire ripped through a historic home late Sunday night.
All 3 are expected to survive their injuries, the Lebanon Fire District said.
One of the firefighters sustained blunt trauma to the head when a home oxygen tank exploded, the fire district said.
The other firefighter suffered a back strain.
The citizen - one of three residents in the home - suffered smoke inhalation and was treated at the scene.
Callers reported the fire at 480 E. Ash Street to 911 at 10:44 p.m.
Firefighters arrived 5 minutes later and found a detached garage on fire, with flames spreading to the house via a covered breezeway.
The fire tore through the historic home, a function of the 1912 construction of the Craftsman home, firefighters said.
"The detached garage was connected to the home by a covered breezeway, and initial evidence indicates that fire traveled under the covered area to the main home where it then entered the structure via the eaves and soffits," the fire district said in a report. "Homes built in the early 20th century often used balloon construction which featured walls with no fire stops between the basement and the attic space. Once fire enters these walls it can rapidly travel unobstructed throughout the entire frame system and can quickly engulf an entire home in a matter of minutes."
Lebanon sounded a second alarm, summing help from fire departments in Albany, Sweet Home, Brownsville and Tangent.
Firefighters spent an hour bringing the fire under control.
Crews remained on scene until 3:30 a.m. mopping up and extinguishing hot spots.
The cause of the fire remains under investigation.