Structure Fire Christensen Rd
Sheridan, OR December 15, 2016: At approximately 7 PM Sheridan Fire District was dispatched on a residential structure fire on Christensen road. Upon arrival crews found a fire on the back patio of the structure, all residents had already evacuated the structure and crews quickly began efforts to get the fire under control. The fire was upgraded from a single alarm fire to a two alarm fire due to the potential spread of the fire and the icy weather conditions. Shortly before 8 PM the fire was under control and it was confirmed that the fire had not spread to the interior of the structure. By 9 PM the fire was completely extinguished and the crews switched to property preservation and scene cleanup.
In total 35 firefighters from Sheridan Fire District, Amity Fire District, West Valley Fire District and McMinnville Fire Department responded to the scene. The Fire Investigation team was called to the scene as well.
The Fire Investigators reported the cause to be unintentional, improper storage of hot embers from wood stove. Damage to the structure was limited to the back patio area and the siding of the home. Residents did choose to stay the night elsewhere last night but have been cleared to return to the residence at this point.
The Sheridan Fire District would like to thank Amity Fire, West Valley Fire and McMinnville Fire for their assistance and their safe but timely response.We would also like to take a moment to talk above stove and chimney safety. This is the time of year when the Fire Service sees an increase in chimney and stove related fires. It is important to keep your stoves clean and free of ashes and embers and to have your chimney cleaned once a year. When disposing of the ashes and embers from your wood or pellet stove it is important to put them in a fire proof container, away from flammable substances and to cool the down with water prior to leaving them unattended.