Marion County Fire District #1 battles 2-Alarm House Fire on First Day of Dedicated Engine Staffing

Posted on July 2, 2021

Marion Co. Fire Dist. #1 – 07/01/21 7:44 PM

NEWS RELEASE: [Salem, Ore.] At 10:01 AM this morning, Marion County Fire District #1 was dispatched to a report of a grass fire in the area of 66th Ave. NE.

Upon arrival, personnel found a single-story home fully involved with heavy fire and smoke activity. The first arriving engine’s officer immediately upgraded the response to a 2-alarm house fire, bringing additional fire apparatus and personnel to the fire scene. It took firefighters almost two hours to bring the blaze under control due to rural water supply logistics.

MCFD#1 was assisted by neighboring agencies including Silverton Fire, Aumsville Fire, and a private water tender furnished by Four Seasons Farm. Just hours before dispatch, MCFD#1 placed Engine 305, the first arriving apparatus back into full-time dedicated service following successful passing of Measure #24-455 earlier this year.

The fire resulted in a total loss of the home and several vehicles within close proximity. Once firefighting operations had ceased, the scene was handed over to local law enforcement and the office of the Oregon State Fire Marshal. The fire is now under investigation as suspicious in nature.

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