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Fire destroys house in Lebanon

Fire destroys house in Lebanon

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Two firefighters and a resident were injured when a blaze tore through a historic Lebanon home on July 30, according to a Lebanon Fire Department news release.

Authorities received a 911 call at about 10:44 p.m. for a garage fire in the 400 block of Ash St. The first crews were on scene at 10:49 p.m.

One firefighter was injured when he was struck in the head by a flying portion of a home oxygen cylinder that had ruptured. The large piece of metal struck the firefighter in the helmet as he was operating a hose line outside the house.

Another firefighter suffered a back strain while battling the blaze. Both public safety workers were treated and released and are recovering.

Three residents were in the home at the time of the fire and all three were able to evacuate safely before firefighters arrived. One of the residents was treated at the scene for smoke inhalation.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

The house and garage was built in 1912. The two were connected by a covered breezeway, and initial evidence indicates that the fire covered under the covered area to the main home where it then entered the structure via the eaves and soffits.

Homes built in the early 20th century often used balloon construction which featured wires with no fire stops between the basement and the attic space.

Once fire enters these walls it can quickly engulf an entire home in a matter of minutes.

Crews remained on scene until 3:30 a.m., mopping up and extinguishing hot spots.

Albany, Sweet Home, Brownsville and Tangent fire departments provided mutual aid during the house fire. 

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