On September 28th at 05:48 p.m. DCFD2 firefighters were called to a house fire at 290 E Third Avenue in Sutherlin. The first arriving unit (5 minutes and 13 seconds later according to the 911 log) found heavy fire to the front of the home and spreading to the back of it and into the attic. A total of 20 firefighters (7 off-duty firefighters and 5 volunteer firefighters) responded to the scene with 2 fire engines, 1 ladder truck, 1 brush engine, 1 ambulance, and 2 command units and brought the fire under control at 06:24 p.m. (30 minutes after the arrival of the first unit). The occupants of the house-a mother and daughter family sustained minor burns while attempting to extinguish the fire. They were treated and released at the scene by DCFD2 Paramedics and are staying with friends. Firefighters remained on scene until 08:40 p.m. conducting mop up operations to ensure that the fire was completely extinguished. DCFD2 fire investigators determined that the fire originated in the bedroom on the front of the house. The fire started on the light fixture hanging off the ceiling on the center of the room from where it extended into the attic space, as well as to combustible items (clothing, paper, carpet, etc.) present on the floor. Preliminary damage is estimated at $107.000. Oakland Rural Fire Protection District and Roseburg Fire Department also assisted at the scene with one fire engine, 1 command unit and 4 personnel.
Between the hours of 05:48 p.m. and 08:40 p.m. on September 28th, while working a the fire scene on Third Avenue DCFD2 crews also responded to a fire alarm sounding call at the Murphy Plywood Mill), and to two calls for emergency medical assistance at 1200 E Central Avenue and 1128 W Central Avenue. DCFD2 Fire Chief Greg Marlar said “there is no question that the great call back response from both off-duty and volunteer staff enabled us to continue providing seamless service to the residents of Sutherlin during an unusually busy night for firefighters.”