A fire destroyed an unoccupied home south of Eugene early Monday morning.
Calls reporting the fire near Bailey Hill Road and Lorane Highway came in around 2 a.m., dispatch logs show. Firefighters said the house was unoccupied at the time of the fire. The blaze took 20 minutes for fire crews to control. The cause of the fire is under investigation.
People who are transported by city of Bend paramedics may see their bills increase by hundreds of dollars over the next three years.
Right now, patients transported by city ambulances pay a flat fee of $928. But by 2019, people who live in the city could see their bills go up by $369, while people who live outside the city limits or in an area served by Bend’s rural fire district, could see a $1,666 increase.
The city council must still approve the increases and that is expected in June.
Bend hasn’t raised ambulance fees in 12 years, but the city has grown by more than 15,000 residents in that time, said Steve O’Malley, who works as the deputy chief for EMS services at the Bend Fire Department. Several other Oregon cities, including Redmond, La Pine and Eugene, currently charge about $1,800, about twice as much as the fee in Bend.
Firefighters battled an apartment fire in southeast Portland.
Crews rushed to the Hamilton Park apartment complex on the 1900 block of Southeast 122nd avenue just before 2:30 a.m. Sunday morning.
Portland Fire and Rescue said the fire started in a second-story apartment. Flames from the couch extended to the back patio of another unit. There was water damage to the unit below as well, according to fire crews.
Seven adults and three children were displaced by the fire, according to Portland Fire and Rescue.
The Red Cross is helping provide those affected by the fire with immediate basic needs.
Firefighters have not said what caused the fire.
KPTV-TV Fox 12 Beaverton
Corvallis 10-year-old Eyra Neil forgot to tell her neighbors that a fire truck would be picking her up for school on Friday.
“So they kind of came running out to see what was going on,” she said with a giggle.
The fourth-grader was this year’s winner of the annual essay contest put on by the Corvallis Fire Department to become fire chief for a day. Firefighters drove Eyra to Adams Elementary School, where her classmates greeted her enthusiastically.
She then met Mayor Biff Traber, who encouraged the 10-year-old to email or call him with “more good ideas,” Eyra said. She won the contest with an essay about a fire prevention festival she would plan as fire chief.
Firefighters rushed to a house fire on the 7000 block of North Williams Avenue early Saturday morning.
The Red Cross said four adults and three children safely escaped the fire, but are now without a home.
The Red Cross is helping the family with shelter and food in the meantime.
There's no word yet from investigators on what started the fire.
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