Discarded fireworks likely led to early morning house fire
Written by Press Release on July 4, 2022
Roseburg, Ore. – At 12:35 a.m. on July 4, firefighters with Douglas County Fire District No. 2 and Winston Dillard Fire District responded to the 4000 block of Hanna St. for a reported garage on fire. Several callers to 911 reported a garage on fire, unknown if anyone was still inside. A Fire District No. 2 crew arrived on scene within a few minutes to find a single story home with heavy fire and smoke coming from the garage. Crews located the homeowners who had escaped out the back of the house. Homeowner stated their small dog had woke them up but they couldn’t make it out the front of the house due to the fire.
The initial crews made an aggressive attack and quickly extinguished the fire. Crews remained on scene to overhaul and completely extinguish the fire.
The cause of the fire was most likely due to discarded fireworks that were used earlier in the evening. Douglas County Fire District No. 2 and Winston Dillard Fire District responded to the incident with 14 firefighters including four fire engines, and a command vehicle. Also assisting with the fire were PP&L, Avista, and the Red Cross.
The Fire District recommends having a bucket of water and/or fire extinguisher nearby when fireworks are being used. Once fireworks are cool and ready to discarded, first soak them in a bucket of water overnight and leave the bucket outside, away from vegetation and structures.