At 9:44pm, on Saturday October 29th Depoe Bay Fire received a call for a house on fire on Otter Crest Loop, south of Rocky Creek. Crews were enroute within two minutes and immediately requested assistance from Newport Fire and North Lincoln Fire & Rescue to respond to the scene with additional engines. Chief 200 from Depoe Bay Fire arrived on scene first and reported a fully involved two story house. All occupants were out and accounted for. At this stage of the incident, fire had extended out every window and was igniting nearby brush and vegetation, along with communication lines and power lines that were energized and arcing on the ground. These hazards hindered crews from making access around the structure.
Command declared the incident defensive and placed E21 from Depoe Bay as fire attack on the north side of the house. Newport Fire was assigned to the east side of the home and also protected (and saved) an adjacent structure. Three water tenders responded to the scene to assist in water shuttle operations from the nearest hydrant. North Lincoln Fire and Rescue was able to lay a supply line to the engines on scene (about 1200 feet) and assisted the water tenders with filling engines. It’s estimated that over 50,000 gallons of water was utilized to fight the fire. In total, three engines, three water tenders, two Chief officers, and one ambulance responded for a total count of 21 personnel. Lincoln County Sherriff's deputies also responded and assisted incoming crews and with traffic control.
There were no injuries reported and the house was a total loss. The neighboring structures were saved along with a garage and a car. This was a physically challenging fire due to the location of the home with limited access and narrow roads. Radio communications are known to be poor in this particular area, and cell phones do not work. This made communications very difficult with incoming resources and dispatch. Chief Daniels with Depoe Bay fire thanked
We thank North Lincoln Fire Rescue North Lincoln Professional Firefighters Local 5169 City of Newport Fire Department Depoe Bay Professional Fire Fighters Toledo Oregon Fire & Rescue Pacific West Ambulance Willamette Valley Communications Center 911 Lincoln County Sheriff's Office - Oregon Oregon Office of State Fire Marshal for coming together to support neighbors in need. These reciprocal agreements and mutual aid make Lincoln County’s Fire Service work. Toledo Fire provided engine coverage for Newport and Depoe Bay.
Chief Daniels thanked the professional and volunteer firefighters that responded and assisted with quick response and service. Crews stayed on scene until 4am. The Oregon Office of State Fire Marshal was called to investigate and interviewed the occupants. The cause is under investigation. The Red Cross will assist the two displaced adults. The home had working smoke detectors which alerted the homeowners to the fire. It’s Fire Prevention Month. Test your detectors, have a plan, be prepared, know your escape.