Fire, smoke damage displace families

Firefighters from the Lebanon Fire District responded to the 50 block of E. Sherman Street for a reported structure fire at approximately 8:45 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 28.

The incident commander (IC) arrived at the two-story complex with fire alarms sounding and local law enforcement helping to evacuate occupants. The IC noticed heavy dark smoke coming from one apartment located on the second floor with smoke coming from a stairwell on the opposite end of the building. A working fire and offensive fire attack was radioed to all incoming units. The first due engine arrived and made an aggressive fire attack to contain the blaze to the room of origin. During suppression efforts, firefighters arriving on a ladder truck began a search of the building on the second floor and evacuated two occupants sleeping in a nearby apartment.

One resident of the complex was evaluated at the scene for smoke inhalation after she used two fire extinguishers to try and extinguish the fire. Because of her efforts, the fire remained in the apartment of origin and did not spread. Firefighters were on scene approximately two hours overhauling the apartment and evacuating smoke.

Several residents have been displaced due to smoke damage in their apartments and throughout the common hallway leading to the apartments. One apartment below the fire sustained minor water damage after water came through the ceiling light fixture.

Lebanon Fire responded with 28 personnel on three engines, one ladder truck, three ALS ambulances, one heavy rescue, one brush truck, five staff vehicles and one rehab unit for firefighters. Lebanon Fire was assisted at the scene by Lebanon Police Department and Pacific Power. Albany Fire Department and Sweet Home Fire and Ambulance District covered the citizens of Lebanon and additional emergency calls during the blaze.

The Lebanon Fire District would like to remind residents of the importance of working smoke alarms. Working smoke alarms notified occupants of this complex. For assistance with smoke alarms in your home, contact the Fire & Life Safety Division at (541) 451-1901.