Lebanon House Fire 1

Lebanon Fire District firefighter Jamin Hooley knocks out a window on the second story of a garage on West Maple Street.

Amanda Loman, Democrat-Herald

LEBANON — A fire in a converted garage that spread into a house in the 400 block of West Maple Street sent a woman to the hospital Tuesday afternoon with life-threatening injuries, according to a press release from the Lebanon Fire District.

Firefighters were called to the home at 451 W. Maple Street at 2:01 p.m. First on scene was a battalion chief, who arrived at 2:04 p.m. and reported fire and smoke coming from the garage and an apparent victim down in the yard.

A Lebanon Fire District medic unit arrived two minutes later and immediately administered advanced life support to the female victim, identified in the report as Cynthia Poole, 56, of Lebanon. Poole was transported to Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center in Corvallis, where she was stabilized before being transported via helicopter to the Oregon Burn Center at Legacy Emanuel Hospital in Portland.

Firefighters knocked down the fire in about 20 minutes and remained on scene for approximately four hours mopping up hot spots.

Jason Bolen, Lebanon Fire District Chief of Planning and Administration, said Lebanon firefighters cut a hole into the roof to gain access to hot spots in an area that Bolen said was packed with items.

"So we opened up the backside and they used an infrared camera to find the remaining hot spots," he said. 

LFD Chief Gordon Sletmoe said 24 fire personnel responded to the first alarm.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

Anyone with information about the fire should contact Deputy Fire Marshal Ken Foster at 541-451-1901.

Matt DeBow of the Lebanon Express contributed to this story.


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