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Investigators continue to search for information about the cause and origin of a fire that destroyed a house at 330 Russell St. in Lebanon Wednesday evening. 

LEBANON — The cause of a Wednesday night house fire in Lebanon remains under review by the Lebanon Fire Investigation Team.

Team members spent Thursday digging through a 1- to 2-foot deep layer of debris searching for clues as to the cause and origin of the blaze at 330 Russell St.

Firefighters were called to the scene at 8:06 p.m. Wednesday and found heavy smoke and fire coming from the rear of the one-and-a-half-story home.

According to the Linn County Assessor’s Office, the 1,248-square-foot home was built in 1940 and is owned by Robin and Angela Gillette. It is valued at $108,350.

A neighbor's travel trailer was threatened by the flames and firefighters worked to protect the nearby property. Crews then entered the structure and found it wasn't occupied.

The house sustained heavy damage to the interior as well as to a portion of the roof assembly. Firefighters worked on the scene for nearly three hours to ensure the blaze was out and that no hot spots remained.

The property was secured and a member of the fire district remained on scene overnight until investigators gathered Thursday morning. There were no injuries to fire personnel. Members of the Brownsville, Sweet Home, and Albany fire departments assisted with the incident.

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


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