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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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Firefighters extinguish car fire amidst the falling snow (Photo)

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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 Command Vehicle responded with a total of 18 firefighters. There were no injures sustained and an initial estimate of $50,000 dollars of damage to the structure and contents. The Fire Investigators determined the cause of the fire to be accidental. See https://www.facebook.com/sweethomefire for a video of the fire.
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Westwood Lane Fire (Photo)

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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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Fire destroys shop in Foster (Photo)

At 9:39 this morning crews from the Sweet Home Fire and Ambulance District were dispatched to a report of a fire in a pole barn in the Foster area. While en route to the fire a large smoke column could be seen prompting the Incident Commander to strike a second alarm for water supply as… Read More

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