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Weekend fires stretch volunteers

Modified: Wednesday, Jul 30th, 2014

A scorched pleasure boat and the skeletal remnants of its shelter were all that remained following a Saturday fire on Devils Lake. (Photo courtesy of North Lincoln Fire & Rescue)

LINCOLN CITY — A popular roadhouse restaurant that went up in flames early Saturday morning was just the start of an alarming weekend that stretched the resources of North Lincoln Fire & Rescue.

“We were bombarded with medical calls and fires,” acknowledged Capt. Jim Kusz, who said that at least half the agency’s roster of 70 volunteers was sent into action during a non-stop round of fires and other emergencies. “All those who weren’t out of town for the weekend were called out.”

The trouble began at 12:30 a.m. Saturday when Station No. 1 volunteers were dispatched to a fire at the Kernville Steak and Seafood House, located at 186 Siletz Highway. By the time firefighters arrived, flames reaching 40 feet into the air were venting from the structure. The 5,000-square-foot, three-story building was destroyed in the blaze, which lit up the horizon at the south end of town.

Even as an engine crew remained on the scene Saturday to quell flare-ups, firefighters were called at 1:56 p.m. to a private dock on the west side of Devils Lake, where a 20-foot Bayliner pleasure boat had erupted into flames. A plume of dark, oily smoke met firefighters at 1510 Northeast Lake Drive.

For the complete article see the 07-30-2014 issue.

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