Story updated on Feb. 7 at 3:40 p.m.
A fire at 516 Redwood St. in Brookings Wednesday morning destroyed a cedar shingle-sided home, but the occupant escaped and firefighters were able to keep the fire from spreading to nearby trees and houses.
The cause of the fire, which appeared to start in the second-story of the building, is under investigation. Some neighbors reported they’d heard an explosion — one said he felt his house shake — but the cause has yet to be determined.
The fire was reported at 7:46 a.m. ; the first firefighters on scene saw smoke and fire billowing out the front windows and threatening two other homes nearby. A car parked in front of the building had a broken sunroof and windshield and damage from the heat.
The home was formerly a garage that owners added an upstairs unit as a living quarters for the staff at the nearby bed and breakfast; the downstairs was converted into a mother-in-law unit later.
Firefighters quickly knocked down the fire and declared it under control at 8:17 a.m.
A neighbor was making coffee next door when she saw smoke, then flames. She went outside, grabbed a garden hose and began spraying it at flames along the north side of the house, to little avail, she said.
Firefighters from Brookings, Harbor, Smith River and Gold Beach responded to the incident.