FIRE GUTS PAYNE ROAD HOME
February 13, 2001 11:00 pm
Fire Marshall Keith Brown inspects damage. ().
Fire Marshall Keith Brown inspects damage. ().

Investigators on Tuesday were still trying to determine the cause of a fire that destroyed a house on Payne Road.

The fire started at approximately 10:30 p.m. Monday and about 20 firefighters from Brookings and Harbor fire departments spent five hours fighting it, said Harbor Fire Chief Frank Kelley.

The one-story house is a total loss, said Kelley.

The home is owned by Barney Alpert who is currently residing in Florida. He had rented the home, but no one was in it during the fire. The renters are unknown at this time, Kelley said.

Daryl Miller lives next to the home and reported the fire. The dogs went berserk, I opened the door and heard glass exploding out of the windows, he said.

He reported the fire and then called Kent Olsen, the neighbor on the other side of the home.

Miller said he wasnt worried about the fire spreading to his home. Initially, I was concerned with the trees between the homes.

Olsen said the family renting the house had a moving sale about 10 days ago and left after that.

Butch Clary, Harbor firefighter, said this is the second fire that has occurred at the home. Firefighters responded to a grass fire about a year ago when a different family lived there, he said. No damage was done to the home at that time.

Clary said he believes Mondays fire started in a back bedroom.

Keith Brown, state fire marshall out of Coos Bay, investigated the home Tuesday morning. A cause has not yet been determined.