Quick community aids in fire response

OTIS — Firefighters stepped in to control a home blaze being battled by neighbors last Friday.

North Lincoln Fire and Rescue was dispatched to the house fire on N. Deer Drive in Otis shortly past noon. It was reported that there was an exterior fire next to the home, windows were breaking and the fire was extending. There were also three dogs in the garage attached to the home. The home was unoccupied.

Upon arrival firefighters found several neighbors had begun to extinguish the fire with garden hoses. NLFR crews took over and extinguished the fire on the exterior and the slight fire that had made its way into the bedroom.

All the pets were unharmed and damage was limited to the exterior and one room of the house.

Interim Chief Rob Dahlman credited the quick work by the tight knit community in the area and rapid response by NLFR for saving property and the dogs.

Responding were two engines, one rescue, two chief officers, a Pacific West Ambulance medic unit and the Lincoln County Sheriff's Office. Several more apparatus were on the way but not needed, including mutual aid from Depoe Bay Fire and Nestucca Fire.

— North Lincoln Fire and Rescue