Deadly Eugene House Fire Considered Suspicious

Posted by Associated Press on March 19, 2014
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EUGENE, Ore. — Authorities say a body has been found at a house fire that a police spokeswoman calls “suspicious.”

The fire was in the city’s Fairmount neighborhood and was reported after midnight.

The police said Wednesday morning the body was found as firefighters extinguished the blaze.

Police spokeswoman Melinda McLaughlin told the Register-Guard that police regard the fire as suspicious but she …

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Shed Fire Destroys Families Belongings

Posted by Christina Kemp on March 4, 2014
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A families shed went up in flames this evening in Northeast Portland. Firefighters arrived to find the large medal shelf fully engulfed on Southeast 111th and Inslee.  Battalion Chief Chris Babcock with Portland Fire talked with the owners.

“One of the owners relatives had just moved their furniture and possessions in while they were transferring from one house to another.”

Investigators are …

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Fire Tears Through SE Portland Auto Parts Store

Posted by Jeremy Scott on February 18, 2014
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PORTLAND — A late Monday night fire sent residents living above Mike’s Auto Parts at Southeast 52nd and Woodstock running for safety when it went up in flames, causing significant damage.

“Crews were having some difficulty because of the size of that building with just one primary entrance in the front,” said Lieutenant Rich Chatman.

The fire appears to have started way in …

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Fire All But Destroys SE Portland Home

Posted by Jeremy Scott on January 24, 2014
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PORTLAND — The east winds fueled a fire on Friday morning that consumed an elderly couple’s ranch-style house at Southeast 152nd and Hawthorne Court.

The homeowner smelled smoke and went to the garage just before 9:00.  He believed it was coming from the furnace.

“I opened the garage door and the smoke just about bowled me over,” said James Schooly the third.

He …

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Two Arrests In Fire That Nearly Destroyed Tavern

Posted by Jeremy Scott on January 17, 2014
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PORTLAND — Two men including an employee have been arrested for a fire that seriously damaged the historic Pal’s Shanty Tavern and restaurant on Northeast Sandy Boulevard.

Investigators believe that the blaze was set to cover up a burglary.  One of the suspects was burned.  Firefighters responded to reports of an explosion and sparks from a window on the second floor …

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