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'It creates some havoc for us': Fire official weighs in on Melrose mobile home fire

Firefighters battled a house fire at 742 Rosewood Drive in the Melrose area, Feb. 22, 2018. (DCFD2 photo)

ROSEBURG, Ore. -- A family is safe after a mobile home fire in the Melrose area last week that presented some unique challenges to firefighters.

Douglas County fire crews say they responded to the home on Rosewood Drive just before 2 p.m. Thursday after neighbors reported heavy smoke.

When they arrived, the homeowner was trying to put the fire out with a garden hose.

The fire started in the living room but moved up into the attic.

Officials say it was a difficult situation because the single-wide mobile home had several additions.

"When you tear the ceiling down from the inside and you look up, you don't necessarily see the void space that the fire is actually in,” said Ray Shoufler with Douglas County Fire District No. 2. “You might see an attic space, but there might be another attic space above that one, so it creates some havoc for us."

The cause is still under investigation, but officials say it appears to be accidental.

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