Todd MacCloud and a friend living with him at his North Bank Chetco River Road home watch as firefighters extinguish a fire that started sometime after 6 a.m. this morning.
A fire about a mile up the North Bank Chetco River Road this morning destroyed a house, but the two occupants and their dog were able to escape without injury.
The fire broke out at about 6 a.m. at the rear of the house owned by Todd MacCloud, just past Joe Hall Creek. A fire alarm woke him up, he said, and he used a fire extinguisher in an attempt to squelch the fire until the fumes started to overtake him.
“That’s my bedroom right there,” he said, pointing to the right hand side of the charred remains of the two-story home. “And that’s the living room. It’s all gone. All of it.”
MacCloud and a second male occupant huddled by a nearby shop, one wearing clothes he’d found in the shop and the other with a blanket.
“My cell phone, my wallet, all the pictures of my family. … it’s all gone,” McCloud said.
Oregon State Fire Marshal investigators were scheduled to arrive at the scene Thursday to determine the cause of the fire.
Firefighters from surrounding fire departments extinguished the fire by 8:30 a.m. The blaze left the charred remains of the upper story, a collapsed rear deck and smoke and water damage throughout the home.
Firefighters kept the fire from igniting the hillside, which hasn’t seen rain in weeks and is said to be tinder-dry, fire officials said.