Elderly Toledo resident dead in house fire

TOLEDO — Investigators on Wednesday afternoon removed a body from a Tom Jack Road home destroyed in an early-morning fire.

The victim was identified as Betty Sue McGregor, 84, a widow and longtime resident who lived with a full-time care attendant. The companion reportedly escaped the blaze through an exit in the basement, where she lived.

Captain Greg Musil was the duty officer at Toledo Fire Department when the alarm rang at 4:12 a.m. He said firefighters arrived to find the 100-year-old house, located about two miles west of Toledo, “fully involved.” Meanwhile, backup units were sent to the scene from fire departments in Newport, Siletz and Depoe Bay.

Neighbors were the first to see and report the fire. Polly Parker said flames from 100 yards away illuminated her entire bedroom. Her husband Allan rushed to the scene and moved heavy equipment on his property away from the fire next door.

Another neighbor, Joe Dykes, ran to the home to render aid and managed to open a door but was driven back by smoke.

The fire destroyed wires and interrupted phone and cellular connections in the area.

The victim’s body was found near a door about 1 p.m. by members of the Lincoln County Fire Investigation team and removed around 2:30 p.m. A state fire marshal was on the scene Wednesday to assist in determining the cause. 

Detectives from the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office were also present.

“She was really sweet, wonderful and a talkative, friendly lady,” said Parker of her neighbor.

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