541-367-5882

  • Serving the Sweet Home area



  • Chief Barringer

The mission statement of the Sweet Home Fire and Ambulance District is to provide for the protection of life and property that is threatened by fire, hazardous materials, accidents, disasters or medical emergencies. This will be carried out by a well-trained and well- equipped department that is responsive to the needs and desires of the citizens of the community.

Spontaneous combustion believed to be cause of fire in garage

The Sweet Home Fire and Ambulance District responded with 3 engines and 10 firefighters to the report of a structure fire today at 1685 Cedar Street in Sweet Home. The fire was called in by a neighbor who noticed smoke coming from the roof vents of a garage with an apartment over it behind his home. The fire is believed to have originated from the spontaneous combustion of some rags that had been used to treat furniture with “teak oil” and placed in a bucket that was left next to a freezer to be cleaned at a later time. The fire appears to have spread to the freezer and some materials in the garage and then up into the ceiling joists where the heat luckily caused some copper water lines to rupture and and spray down onto the fire, preventing it from spreading further into the structure. The remainder of the fire was extinguished by Sweet Home Fire personnel with the majority of damage to be from smoke.

Sweet Home Fire would like to remind everyone that spontaneous combustion of oily rags is still a very common occurrence especially as temperatures and humidity rise. If you are going to use rags to apply or clean up oils, especially seed based oils, there are some steps that you can take to reduce the risk of them catching fire.

1)Never store rags in a pile. Used rags should be spread out in a safe flat area to dry. If you lay them out on your garage floor or driveway, weight them down so the wind doesn’t blow them away. Once they’re dry, check with your city or municipality for disposal instructions.

2)Store the rags in an airtight, non-combustible metal container. If you plan to use your rags later, this step is critical. The metal container should be filled with a solution of water and an oil breakdown detergent.

3)Follow the manufacturer’s recommendations. Since manufacturers use different oils in their products, it’s important to follow their warnings and disposal instructions. They may differ from manufacturer to manufacturer.
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Spontaneous combustion believed to be cause of fire in garage

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Improper wiring ignites marijuana grow causing significant damage to home (Photo)

On Saturday May 13th at 6:09 pm the Sweet Home Fire District received a report of a structure fire at 40812 Highway 228. When crews arrived the homeowner reported that there was a fire in his upstairs marijuana grow room. With assistance from Lebanon Fire crews were able to knock the fire down within one hour. One apparatus remained on scene throughout the night extinguishing hot spots hidden in void spaces. These void spaces were caused by multiple additions through the home which complicated firefighting efforts. The fire caused significant damage to the home and most of the contents were damage by smoke. This morning a joint investigation was conducted to determine the cause of the fire. Investigators from the Oregon State Police, Oregon State Fire Marshal, Linn County Sheriff’s office, and Linn-Benton Fire Investigation Team concluded that the fire was caused by improper use of extension cords which ran the high power marijuana grow lamps. Extension cords are not intended for permanent use and please be cautious to no overload electrical circuits.
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Improper wiring ignites marijuana grow causing significant damage to home (Photo)

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Life-saving app comes to Linn County

Life-saving app comes to Linn County
A phone-based app that alerts CPR-trained citizens to nearby heart attack emergency calls is finally a reality in Linn County.

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Sweet Home Fire & Ambulance

In an emergency, please call 911.

1099 Long Street, Sweet Home, OR, 97386