Ranch fire just west of O’Neil and NE 17th
Fire spread quickly, spreading from large tool and equipment shed to the home. All occupants got out okay.
The fire quickly spread to dry grass and headed for 17th with a home just across 17th.
Firefighters quickly went after it and stopped it fast.
The fire continued to burn with incredible intensity. Loud bangs and pops sounded like ammunition going off from the heat.
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Fire nearly out – Resident sits stoically, staring at the ruins.
Redmond Fire was called to a report of a fire spreading from a large outbuilding to a home near the intersection of O’Neil Highway and NE 17th Saturday afternoon.
When Redmond units pulled up they discovered the fire had already spread from the out building/large storage shed to the home. Flames had traversed the dry grass and quickly ignited the siding of the main residence. All residents of the home were already outside and uninjured.
Flames worked their way around the base of the home and ignited backyard furniture and quickly spread to the roof and soon ate its way inside the home. Redmond fighters threw a lot of water on it but the fire was well developed, both outside the home and interior. A few of the residents sat in lawn furniture in the front yard watching their home go up in flames.
Fire fighters determined the modular home was probably a goner and concentrated on putting the fire out from the outside. For a time the fire spread eastward from the backyard and some equipment stored in the back. At one point flames were traversing tall, parched dry grass in an open field to the east. The fire got about a third of the way toward houses just across 17th before firefighters swiftly knocked the blaze dead out.
Redmond firefighters were joined by mutual aid units from Crooked River Ranch, Clover dale Fire, BLM, and Bend Fire. The house fire by then was burning so hot that there was really nothing more for firefighters to do but to keep it from spreading to nearby structures which included a very large barn and a commercial manufacturing facility.
So far no announcement on the cause. However, it is believed to have started inside a pole-type barn just north of the house. It was filled with old vehicles, old machinery, tools and other ranch-related devices.
Meanwhile the American Red Cross was called to the scene to aid the family that lost everything….
Disaster responders with the American Red Cross Cascades Region responded to a home fire disaster on Monday, Sept. 24, at approximately 6:45 p.m. in the in the 1500 block of NE O’Neil Way northeast of Redmond.
The single-family fire affected six adults and two children.
The Red Cross provided resources to help address the immediate basic needs of those affected such as temporary housing, food, clothing, comfort kits, and information about recovery services.