GRANTS PASS, Ore. — A family has lost their home following a devastating house fire in the Grants Pass area on Christmas Eve. An investigation into what caused the fire remains ongoing.
Grants Pass Fire Rescue responded to reports of the house fire on Panoramic Loop around 6:00 p.m. The family returned home to find flames spreading through the interior.
“All we know is that the family came home, saw a glowing side, opened up the door and the house was full of smoke. They went to the other side of the house, opened it up and that’s when the fire took off on them,” said Tim DeLisle, Battalion Chief with Grants Pass Fire.
The fire quickly spread and could be seen from the second story windows by responding crews. The first arriving unit could not confirm that everyone was out of the house so a second alarm was called. Crews were able to conduct a search of the house and determined that no one was inside.
“Fortunately, it was all clear. No one was inside. They did lose some pets,” said DeLisle.
Two people were injured at the fire. The first was a resident who attempted to enter the house prior to fire crews arriving to look for family pets who suffered minor smoke inhalation. The second was a fire fighter who fell from a ladder while fighting the fire and received a minor injury to his ankle. Both were taken to the hospital via ambulance as a precaution.
Fire fighting efforts were hampered by part of the second floor collapsing.
The fire was controlled around 7:00 p.m., and the cause of the fire is still under investigation.
”At this time, we have absolutely nothing,” said DeLisle shortly after firefighters got the flames under control. “There was so much fire involved. Our investigators are on the scene now but they just got here and it’s probably not until tomorrow that they will really get into the scene and be able to do a good investigation.”
Neighbors have told NewsWatch 12 that they heard a loud boom before the fire started. Anyone with information about the fire can call the Grants Pass Department of Public Safety at 541-450-6200.
Donations for the family displaced by the fire can be taken to Edgewater Christian Fellowship Church. School supplies and clothes are needed for a 19-year-old male, 17-year-old male and 13-year-old female.