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Heat lamp in chicken coop likely suspect in residential structure fire in Roseburg

Written by on April 15, 2021

Roseburg, Ore – On April 15, 2021, in the early morning hours, Roseburg Fire Department responded to a reported residential structure fire at 2941 NE Yount Avenue.

The reporting party notified Douglas County Dispatch of a shop on fire adjacent to their residence. Dispatch was notified that all residents were out of the structure. While enroute, firefighters observed a large column of smoke in the vicinity of the reported residential structure fire.

Upon arrival on scene, firefighters found a detached garaged engulfed in flames and spreading to the single story residential structure. Firefighters conducted a primary search to confirm no occupants were inside the structure. Firefighters made an interior attack to extinguish the fire and completed overhaul.

The residential structure and shop sustained significant structural and water damage. Two adults and three children were displaced; however, no one was injured in the fire. The American Red Cross was notified and is assisting the residents.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation, although all indicators are leading to a heat lamp inside a chicken coop. Fourteen firefighters assisted with firefighting operations. Other agencies assisting with the fire included Douglas County Fire District #2, Umpqua Valley Ambulance, Roseburg Police Department, Avista Utilities, Pacific Power, and the American Red Cross.

The Roseburg Fire Department would like to remind everyone of the following fire safety tips to help reduce the hazards created by heat lamps for pets and livestock:

  • Use UL-listed heat lamps and follow manufacturer’s instructions.
  • Heat lamps with guards may provide some protection if the lamp falls into combustible bedding.
  • Ensure heat lamps are installed in locations where they are far enough from any combustibles to preclude ignition. Remember that wooden construction elements will eventually dry out and ignite from a heat lamp too.
  • Ensure the installation is secure and the light cannot be knocked down.
  • Run cords in locations where animals cannot reach them.
  • Make sure electrical circuits are not overloaded. Heat lamps use more amperage than regular lights.
  • Keep all combustibles away from heat lamps and ensure kids doing chores are aware of the hazards.
  • Check the lamp and mounting periodically to ensure it is secure.
  • If you have concerns about your heat lamp, stop and check it out. Checking the lamp may save your pets, livestock, barn, or even your home.

Safety tips and information courtesy of Fire 9 Prevention

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