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Fire damages two vacant homes in south Eugene

Fire caused $220,000 damage to two vacant houses in south Eugene early Saturday morning, said Eugene Fire Department District Chief Paul Dammen.

The cause of the blaze is under investigation, but Dammen said it did not appear to be suspicious.

Shortly before 1:30 a.m., firefighters were called to a blaze at 2628 Alder St. When they arrived, they found the one-story house fully engulfed in flames with the roof collapsed, Dammen said. Damage was estimated at $170,000, he said.

The fire spread to the neighboring house to the south, scorching an exterior wall and causing extensive water damage to the interior, Dammen said. Damage to the second house was estimated at $50,000.

Both houses were vacant and unoccupied at the time, Dammen said.

One firefighter suffered burns and was treated and released from Sacred Heart Medical Center, Dammen said.

Twenty-two firefighters, three engines and two trucks fought the blaze.

OREGON

Early season wildfire burns west of Dallas

SALEM - The summer fire season arrived early this year in Western Oregon with a wildfire reported burning on about 50 acres west of Dallas on Saturday, forest officials said.

The fire was reported Friday evening on property owned by the Boise Cascade timber products company and the U.S. Bureau of Land Management. About 100 firefighters fought the blaze Saturday morning, said Jerry Piering, state forester in Dallas.

``This is early for this size fire,'' Piering said. ``We wouldn't expect something like this for another month or month and a half.''

No homes or buildings were in danger.

By Saturday afternoon, ground crews, fire engines and a helicopter were fighting the fire.

The wildfire was expected to be brought under control this morning.
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Title Annotation:Fires; METRO
Publication:The Register-Guard (Eugene, OR)
Date:Jun 20, 2004
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