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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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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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Calkins Boat ramp truck fire. (Photo)

Today at 2:23 pm Sweet Home Fire was dispatched to a vehicle fire at Calkins boat ramp near foster lake. Crews arrived to find a 1983 Chevrolet K1500 truck with fire in the engine compartment. As crews were extinguishing the fire the owner arrived from a hike. The cause of the fire was determined to be a result of an electrical problem.



Photo and following video courtesy of Oregon Department of Forestry



https://www.facebook.com/sweethomefire/videos/1075824879195675/
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Calkins Boat ramp truck fire. (Photo)

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Firefighters extinguish car fire amidst the falling snow (Photo)

Sweet Home firefighters responded to a car fire this morning on ames creek drive. The vehicle a late model Chevrolet equinox was well-involved when units arrived just minutes after the 911 call was placed. Bystanders and neighbors came out in large numbers to ensure that no one was in the vehicle. The vehicle appears to have been abandoned in the driveway of a tree farm just a few minutes before the fire was reported. No injuries were reported and the driver of the vehicle was not at the scene. Linn County Sherriff’s Office is investigating. The fire was quickly brought under control by a single engine with 4 firefighters, a command vehicle was also on scene carrying an additional 2 personnel. Anyone with information regarding this incident is encouraged to contact the Linn County Sherriif’s Office.
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2 Logging accidents in snow in the past 72 hours (Photo)

Today at 1018 am the fire district personnel responded to a logging accident that occurred on the Ames Creek mainline. The pt was a 31 year old male who had been struck in the head with a log during their operations. The logging crew did an excellent job packaging the patient and getting him to the road where EMS could access him. The patient was flown to Riverbend Hospital by REACH helicopter.



Monday, December 5th at 3:56 pm, a yarder operator was struck in the legs when a log came through the cab of his machine. That patient was also transported to Riverbend Hospital by ground ambulance.



Sweet Home Fire was able to make access to both these loggers because of our new four wheel drive medic unit. This was made possible thanks to the anonymous donation that allowed Sweet Home Fire to purchase the four wheel drive medic unit. EMS crews were able to safely navigate the snow covered roads to reach the patient. The donors intent for the four wheel drive medic unit was for medics to have the ability to access injured loggers where a two wheel drive medic unit could not.
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2 Logging accidents in snow in the past 72 hours (Photo)

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Westwood Lane Fire (Photo)

On 11/23/16 at 1743 the Fire District responded to a structure fire at 1430 Westwood Lane. Crews arrived to find flames coming from a front window of the home. 1 occupant had evacuated and called 911. Crews were able to extinguish the fire within 30 minutes. 3 Engines, 2 Medic Units, a Heavy Rescue, and… Read More

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Head-on collision closes highway 228 (Photo)

At 3:13 pm the Sweet Home Fire and Ambulance District was dispatched to a 2-vehicle collision southeast of town near the Holley Market. An engine, a heavy rescue, 2 ambulances, and 2 brush rigs responded from Sweet Home Fire. We were assisted by the Oregon Department of Forestry and REACH air ambulance. The drivers of… Read More

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Receptacle Fire Scorches Home (Photo)

At 4:06 pm this afternoon Sweet Home Fire and Ambulance District was dispatched to a possible house fire at 1141 43rd Avenue. They arrived to find the home owner using a garden hose to douse the remnants of a fire that started in a disposal receptacle and had begun to burn the outside of the… Read More

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Crescent Hill Brush Fire (Photo)

Sweet Home Fire District and the Oregon Department of forestry responded to a reported brush fire in the area of hwy 228 and Cresent Hill. Four apparatus from Sweet Home fire and six from ODF found a .12 acre brush fire burning up hill in tall grass and brush. The fire was extinguished rapidly and… Read More

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