Family left homeless
in early morning fire
SPRINGFIELD - A woman and six children were left homeless when their house was destroyed by fire Sunday morning.
The residents fled the house immediately after hearing a smoke detector, said Paul Esselstyn, Springfield Fire Department battalion chief.
Firefighters responded to the blaze at 2009 N. Second St. shortly before 6:30 a.m. and found thick, black smoke billowing from the house and flames in the attic, Esselstyn said.
The fire caused an estimated $100,000 damage. The cause and origin of the fire remains under investigation, Esselstyn said.
The mother and children were provided temporary housing through Red Cross of Lane County.
Street to be transferred
to city for improvements
SPRINGFIELD - A portion of South 42nd Street will officially be turned over to the city today - along with a $4.1 million check to modernize the roadway.
A ceremonial "handoff" between state Department of Transportation and city officials will occur at today's City Council meeting at 7 p.m. at City Hall.
The portion of the street going to the city extends from Main Street to Jasper Road. The stretch of roadway, while officially part of the Springfield-Creswell Highway, is primarily a city street that carries local traffic through a developing neighborhood with school and parks.
The transfer will allow the city to improve the street to city standards and make it safer for children who use it walking to and from school, Mayor Sid Leiken said in a statement.