Duplex fire damage worth $120,000.
An unattended cigarette caused a fire that did an estimated $120,000 damage to a Cal Young area duplex early Tuesday, and provided two lessons in fire safety, Eugene Fire Department spokesman Glen Potter said.
Smoke detectors alerted the residents to the fire at 1:18 a.m. and all escaped the duplex at 2838 Matt Drive.
The fire was an illustration of two basic rules, Potter said: Don't leave any burning material unattended, and working smoke detectors save lives.
A resident, 28-year-old Serena Depoe, awoke to a smoke detector and found that the couch was on fire.
Firefighters suppressed the fire with minimal damage to the adjoining duplex, occupied by a family of four, Deputy Fire Marshal Jenny Williamson said. Depoe's three children were not at home at the time, she said.
Local Red Cross volunteers assisted the victims.
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|Publication:||The Register-Guard (Eugene, OR)|
|Date:||Aug 23, 2006|
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