Family escapes fire after alert neighbor sees glow


ESTACADA, Ore. (KOIN) — A woman and her children made it safely out of their home after a neighbor alerted them that their garage was on fire.

“It was scary because me and the kids were here,” homeowner Debbie Rice said. “I just couldn’t believe it.”

Firefighters said the fire on SE Filbert Street in Eagle Creek started in the garage, where Rice said propane tanks exploded.

The neighbor across the street saw the glow of the fire and was able to get the family out safe and call the fire department right away.

“My neighbor came over, pounding on the front door yelling ‘your house is on fire!'” Rice told KOIN 6 News.

Thanks to that neighbor’s quick action, the fire did not spread to the main house and no one was hurt.

“If she hadn’t of seen it, how long would it have taken for me and the kids to know?” Rice said. “Because it was completely engulfed when we ran across the street.”

Rice’s husband Jeremy said the house has history: “It was built by my dad and my grandfather and I was actually born in this house,” he said. “It means a lot to me, very sentimental.”

The Clackamas Fire District said the fire caused live power lines to fall in front of the house, so crews had to work around the lines as they fought the fire. Investigators are working to determine the cause of the fire.The family has a GoFundMe page.

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