Alert neighbor saves home, dogs from fire

ROSEBURG, Ore. -- An alert neighbor was key in helping ensure a home wasn't completely destroyed by fire Monday afternoon.

Just after 1:00 pm, Kenneth and Prutrecia Tucker, who live in the 1900 block of Linnell in the Green District, called 911 to report that the neighbor's house was on fire.

Fire crews arrived and found smoke and flames on the back side of the house, coming from inside an enclosure used to house a gas water heater.

Firefighters were able to quickly get the fire out, and prevent it from spreading into the home.

The Tuckers told officials that when they had returned home, they noticed smoke coming from behind the neighbor's house.

Kenneth told fire crews that he thought his neighbor might have been burning leaves, but noticed no cars in the driveway.

He went to check and found the fire.

Officials say Kenneth not only spotted the fire, but got two dogs out of the neighbor's house and into safety.

Initial damage to the building is estimated to be $2,800.

Fire investigators were called to the scene and are at this time investigating the cause of the fire.

"There is no doubt that the actions taken by Mr. and Mrs. Tucker played an important role in allowing firefighters to control the fire quickly, and limiting fire damage to the home occupied by their neighbor Trevor Likens; and for that they should be commended," said Fire Chief Greg Marlar.