‘It was heartbreaking’: fire seriously damages two houses south of downtown Bend

The third house next door has minor damage; residents escape, no injuries; cause under investigation

(Update: Details of the firefighter, video)

BEND, Ore. (KTVZ) – A fire severely damaged two neighboring homes and caused minor damage to a third of downtown Bend on Friday afternoon, also spreading to a fence, trees and power lines before that teams can’t stop him, an official said. As a result, Bond Street and others in the Old Town district were closed for hours.

No injuries were reported from the blaze, which was reported shortly after noon at a home on the 600 block of Northwest Florida Avenue near Bond Street, Deputy Fire Marshal Cindy Kettering said.

Teams arrived to find two neighboring houses on fire, as well as a burning fence, trees and power lines, she said.

“It was rippin,” Kettering said of the blaze, noting that it “created a very noticeable column of smoke across town. When we got here there were two houses. on fire, with little distance between them, and a fence was on fire, as were trees and power lines.

Fortunately, she added, “everyone did well”.

The fire started outside a two-story long-term rental house, extending inside and to a neighboring old one-story vacation rental where four people were staying, also causing damage miners at a third house on the other side, along Bond Street, Kettering said.

NewsChannel 21 spoke to witnesses at a nearby house who say they rushed outside and tried to help.

Bend visitor Chelsea Johnson said: “When I get home I’m just going to put anything I don’t want to lose in a bag like a ‘duffel bag’ just for emergencies. couldn’t believe how fast it was! “

“We are still investigating the cause of the fire,” Kettering said late Friday afternoon, adding that investigators were able to narrow it down outside the property where it came from.

Access was “a bit difficult” due to passers-by and vehicles, she added.

The American Red Cross was called in to assist the three residents on the long-term rental, while the four people staying on the short-term rental were assisted by the rental company in finding new accommodation.

Florida Avenue was still closed between Bond Street and Staats Street as crews completed overhaul work, but Kettering said Bond Street is expected to open by late afternoon.

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