At around 3:40 a.m. on Thursday, July 15, North Lincoln Fire & Rescue responded to a house fire on Southwest 16th Street in Lincoln City.
According to a press release issued by the fire department, there were 13 occupants in the house at the time of the fire — seven adults and six children ages 2-10 — but they were quickly awoken by a fire detector and safely evacuated without major injury, except for the family dog.
The first fire engine arrived approximately five minutes after the call was made, and firefighters were quickly able to knock down the fire and contain it within the room of origin, as well as rescue the dog from inside the home. While the fire was quickly contained, it did cause significant smoke and heat damage to the rest of the house. NLFR credits the home’s working smoke detector for the quick response.
The cause of the fire is currently under investigation, and the Red Cross is assisting the family. Lincoln City Police and Pacific West Ambulance assisted with the call.
According to the press release, NLFR responded to 25 different calls in 24 hours Thursday, which included four unattended beach fires, a natural gas leak, two burn complaints and the district transported one person to the hospital because the ambulance service was overwhelmed for a period of time with multiple calls in the county.