PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) -- A Seaside man's home was destroyed after the second fire there in 12 hours engulfed it overnight.
The first fire started around 2 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 1 while Robert Boucher was running errands with his dog. A passing motorist reported smoke coming from the home and nearby apartments were evacuated but not damaged.
Then shortly after midnight, another fire started and quickly grew so a second alarm was called.
Officials said the first fire had damaged the structure of the home and hampered the efforts of firefighters working on the second fire.
The cause of both fires remains under investigation but officials said it was not believed to be suspicious.
According to Boucher's daughter-in-law, Alishia Ryan, the home had been in his family since the early 1900s and family heirlooms and photos were lost in the fire.
She wrote on a GoFundMe campaign that the cost of repairing the home would be more than he could afford so they are raising money for a new place for him to live.
The exteriors of an apartment building and a single-family home nearby sustained $10,000 and $30,000 in damage, respectively, and 6 families were evacuated.
No one was injured and the 6 evacuated families were allowed to return to their homes once the fire was put out.
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