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'She did not want to come out, so therefore Renee received a lot of smoke inhalation'

Fire near Fern Ridge sends 83-year-old to hospital, leaves home at complete loss

EUGENE, Ore. - A house fire near Fern Ridge Sunday afternoon left two people hurt and taken to the hospital.

That home is now a complete loss.

A day after that mobile home fire, the 83-year-old occupant was air-lifted to Portland to get treatment for her burns.

Neighbors say her son and daughter-in-law live next door to the woman, and it was the daughter in law, Renee Bell who pulled her out, saving her life.

“Renee had got off the lawnmower and seen it first, ran over and got inside and was trying to get her mother in law out,” said Barbara Reynolds.

Reynolds says Renee's mother in law is 83 years old and had been recently in poor health.

“She did not want to come out, so therefore Renee received a lot of smoke inhalation,” said Reynolds.

Renee Bell was treated at Riverbend and released.

“They've just been wonderful neighbors and all the neighbors here are really close, and are very considerate of each other and everyone was really hated to see this happen,” said Reynolds.

Another neighbor, Jim Jensen, saw the flames rip through the house from his living room window.

Jensen and other neighbors say they plan to help out once the family gets back from Portland.

“I saw a couple posts from some neighbors here on Facebook for prayers and what not for the family, but I'm sure we'll get something together to help the family out,” said Jensen.

Roger McClintic is a friend of Renee and her husband, Bob. He says they are known for holding big yard sales benefiting cancer research.

“They're very nice people, the both of them, when I heard I had to come see it,” said McClintic.

We're still waiting to get the name of the 83-year-old woman in the house fire. We're told her family is with her at a Portland hospital.

The cause of the fire is currently under investigation.

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