Firefighters respond to two fire calls within 30 minutes Thursday evening

Thursday evening, Jan. 30, was a busy one

Photo courtesy of LFD
FIREFIGHTERS battle a fire that burned a shed at the old Champion Mill on Burdell Boulevard Thursday evening.

for the Lebanon Fire District as firefighters responded to two reported structure fires within 30 minutes of each other.

Firefighters responded to a structure fire reported at 10:35 p.m. at the old Champion mill site off Burdell Boulevard after multiple callers reported a building on fire. Upon arriving, the incident commander found  a 36×20-foot vacant storage shed fully involved.

The IC decided to make this fire a defensive attack, due to the involvement of the structure. The blaze was extinguished without incident by using monitor nozzles along with handheld streams, the fire was under control and out within approximately 30 minutes of arrival. Crews stayed on scene extinguishing hot spots, and at this time the fire is suspicious in nature. The building was a known to be frequented by transients. The mill site is very familiar to the Lebanon firefighters after they have battled multiple blazes in the adjacent old storage buildings that once scattered  this site, the latest happening in November.

Lebanon Fire District responded with 23 personnel on three engines, one ladder truck, one medic unit, a pumper-tender and four chief officers, along with a rehab unit for firefighters. The Fire District was assisted by Lebanon Police Department and the Linn County Sheriff’s office.

Prior to the Champion fire, at 10 p.m. a stove was reported to be on fire in the 1600 block of south Second Street while the occupant was cooking.

When the incident commander arrived, the only occupant of the house told firefighters that the fire was out but wanted it checked. Firefighters made access and confirmed the fire was out, but that the residence was full of smoke. Firefighters used powerful fans to blow the smoke out of the residence so the occupant could continue to stay in the house. While evacuating the smoke, firefighters noticed the residence didn’t have any smoke detectors. Firefighters placed a smoke detector and reminded the occupant of the importance of having working smoke alarms. Firefighters remained on the scene for approximately 20 minutes evacuating smoke and installing the detector.

The Lebanon Fire District is reminding residents of the importance of having working smoke detectors and that they are properly placed in your home. Rental homes are required by law to have working smoke alarms placed by property owner or landlord. for more information, contact LFD.