TERREBONNE, Ore. - It was a good thing Terrebonne resident Ron Belcher heard some noises upstairs Tuesday night in the 105-year-old home he owns near Smith Rock State Park. Checking on it, he found a fire, and he and his grandson got out fast before the attic blaze caused an estimated $120,000 in losses, officials said.
Redmond Fire & Rescue crews responded around 7:30 p.m. to the home at 4685 NE Smith Rock Way – which did not have working smoke alarms, according to Fire Marshal Traci Cooper.
Firefighters were able to contain the blaze to the upstairs attic area, which had two rooms, including a spare bedroom. But it was heavily damaged, and the rest of the small, 900-square-foot home sustained smoke damage, Cooper said, adding that no injuries were reported.
Belcher said he'd heard noises upstairs, and discovered the fire when he went up to investigate. He and his grandson evacuated quickly and he called 911, Cooper said.
Several passers-by stopped to help until fire crews arrived. Cooper said the cause of the fire is under investigation.
The American Red Cross was called in to the help the renters, and the Deschutes County Sheriff's Office also assisted at the scene, the fire marshal said.
Cooper noted the outcome could have been much different -- even tragic -- if the fire had broken out later in the night in a home so old that smoke alarms were not required.