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Firefighters knock down Roseburg-area fire after occupant awakened by smoke

Douglas County Fire District No. 2 was dispatched to a reported structure fire at 5629 Roberts Creek Road. April 17, 2017. (Photo courtesy Douglas County Fire District No. 2)

ROSEBURG, Ore. -- Fire crews in Douglas County battled a garage fire Monday afternoon that was reported when the occupant was awakened by the smell of smoke.

At 3:47 p.m. Douglas County Fire District No. 2 was dispatched to a reported structure fire at 5629 Roberts Creek Road.

The first crew arrived at 3:59 p.m. from the Green Fire Station to find a two-story garage structure with heavy black smoke and flames coming from the eves, fire officials said.

Fire crews were met in the driveway by the occupant and she advised them that everyone was out of the structure.

Crews were able to a knock down a majority of the fire through a second story window that had already been broken out due to the heat, officials said. The fire was extinguished with one hose line from the initial attack.

The structure was a garage and the second story had been converted into a bedroom. Electricity had shut off to the home and the garage while some work was being done on the main power supply. Electricity had been restored to the structure for about an hour before the fire was discovered, according to the report.

The fire was reported by the occupant when she was awakened by the smell of smoke while she was taking a nap. She reported that a curling iron had been left plugged in and was lying on a pile of clothing, fire officials said.

DCFD2 reminds everyone to check your smoke alarms and keep all heat sources at least three feet away from any combustible items such as paper, furniture, bedding, or clothing.

DCFD2 responded to this incident with three fire engines, two water tenders and two command units. They were assisted by Winston Dillard Fire District, Douglas County Sheriff’s Department and Pacific Power and Light.

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