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Meeks Trail
Meeks Trail
Residential Structure Fire 61539 Meeks Trail (Photo) - 01/26/22

Update with Photo - Multiple units from Bend Fire and Rescue are on scene of a working residential structure fire at 61539 Meeks Trail. Roads in the immediate area are closed. One person was in the home when the fire broke out but was able to evacuate prior to the fire department's arrival. Personnel from Redmond Fire are also on scene assisting.

 

UPDATED INFORMATION 18:30 hours Jan 26: The fire investigation is on going for this fire and will release more information when we can. The home owners insurance company is working to secure the building. 

The home is considered a complete loss. The 3,000 square foot house was built in 2012. The house (no property included) is valued at $1.25 million. The property loss on this fire is approximately $1 million. Most of the homes interior contents are considered a complete loss at another $200,000. Two vehicles were saved in the garage. The home is insured and local insurance agent is helping the owner with their claim. The house is a complete loss and untenable.

Red Cross was called into assist with a temporary place to stay until insurance could find more permeant housing for the occupant. Redmond Fire Department provided a mutual aide ladder truck to assist on scene with the extensive fire suppression efforts. Due to the partial collapse of the roof and 2nd floor, all fire fighting operations had to be done from the exterior and from the ladder. DCSO, County Public Works, City Public Works and Oregon State Fire Marshals Office all provided assistance for this incident. 

Attached Media Files: Meeks Trail
Credit BFD
Credit BFD
Train fire - Bend - 1-19-22 (Photo) - 01/19/22

Bend Fire Department responded to a fire in a BNSF locomotive today just before noon. Callers noted the train was stopped along the tracks south of Bend near the entry of the High Desert Museum and Deschutes River Woods. OSP was the first to arrive and found both employees out of the train and fire visible from the top of the front locomotive. 

Bend Fire crews were able to access the train from Highway 97 and extinguish the fire located in one of the upper compartments of the locomotive, just behind the engineers cab. The power supply for the trains breaking system is located in this compartment. None of the fuel lines for the engines nearly 4,700 gallons of diesel were involved in this fire. The fire was stopped before it was able to spread any further in the train or to adjacent vegetation or homes. No hazardous materials, freight or neighboring homes were threatened by this fire. ODOT shut down the outside lane of southbound Hwy 97 while fire crews worked on the fire. The emergency crossing was opened for a brief time during the incident to allow access by fire crews. BNSF representatives were on scene quickly and are working on a plan to move the locomotive to their repair facilities. BNSF did not give any time frame for train service returning. BNSF is working to determine the exact cause of the fire but appeared to be mechanical or electrical failure in the locomotive. No roads or crossings are blocked by the stalled train, including the emergency egress crossing out of DRW. Bend Fire was assisted by ODOT, OSP, BNSF Police and BNSF Trainmaster. 

Attached Media Files: Credit BFD
Cooking Fire at Crest Butte Apartments - 01/14/22

At 7:55 am this morning, Bend Fire & Rescue was dispatched to a report of smoke alarms sounding in an apartment at the Crest Butte Apartments, 1695 NE Purcell Blvd.  A neighbor had called in, and stated no one answered the door in the apartment where the alarms were sounding.  On arrival, smoke was seen through the window and the response upgraded to a structure fire call.  Crews were able to awaken the occupant, who was sleeping on the couch, and he removed the pan from the stove and opened the door.  The fire was confined to the pan on the stove, fire crews helped clear a moderate amount of smoke from the apartment.  The resident was not displaced by the incident.  

Cooking is the number one cause of home fires and home injuries.  Bend Fire & Rescue would like to remind the community to never leave anything on the stove unattended, keep anything that can burn away from the cook top, and never cook if you're sleepy or under the influence of alcohol or medications that could make you drowsy.  For more home fire safety tips, visit our website at https://www.bendoregon.gov/government/departments/fire-rescue/education-safety-tips.

Photo courtesy of Bend Fire & Rescue
Photo courtesy of Bend Fire & Rescue
Garbage Truck Fire NW Hill Street (Photo) - 01/06/22

At 8:15 am, Bend Fire & Rescue was dispatched to a reported garbage truck with a load on fire near the intersection of NW Hill Street and NW Harriman St.  Prior to arrival of crews, the Republic Services driver followed their protocols and dumped the load of burning waste onto a vacant lot near the intersection.  The truck was undamaged.  Crews knocked down the flames, which had spread to an adjacent tree, and requested additional resources from both Republic Services and City of Bend Public Works in order to complete extinguishment and facilitate cleanup of the site.  At this time, it is estimated that the debris will be completely removed from the site by the end of today.  

Bend Fire and Rescue would like to remind the community to never dispose of woodstove and fireplace ashes, bbq briquettes, smoking materials, or any other potential ignition source into household trash.  Ashes should be placed in a non combustible container, such as a metal can, for several days until they are completely cold.  For more winter safety tips, visit our website at https://www.bendoregon.gov/government/departments/fire-rescue/safety-tips-emergency-preparedness/fall-winter-safety-tips.

Photo courtesy of Bend Fire & Rescue
Photo courtesy of Bend Fire & Rescue
RV Fire at Crown Villa RV Resort (Photo) - 01/01/22

On January 1, 2021 at 2:37 pm, Bend Fire & Rescue was dispatched to a report of an RV on fire at the Crown Villa RV Resort, 60801 Brosterhous Rd.  On arrival, crews found a working fire involving a 31 foot travel trailer parked in space number 475.  Although crews were able to quickly suppress the fire, the RV and contents are an approximate 75% loss, with an estimated value of the trailer at $35,000 and contents valued at $15,000.  The owners of the trailer, who are visiting from Texas, were not in the 2018 Weekend Warrior at the time of the fire.  

Upon investigation, it was found that the sewer hose on the RV had frozen overnight and the owner had placed both an electric space heater and a small propane fueled radiant tank-top heater underneath the travel trailer to thaw the line.  The propane heater was placed directly next to the plastic sewer hose and fittings, which melted and ignited.  The fire spread from under the RV upward into the bathroom area.  

Space heaters are a leading cause of residential fires, and one of the most dangerous things you can do with a space heater is to place it next to anything that can burn.  Anything that produces heat needs space around it - this includes fireplaces, woodstoves, baseboards, and space heaters.  Bend Fire & Rescue recommends keeping 3 feet of space between combustibles and any heat source, and to never leave heaters operating unattended.  For more information on home heating safety, visit https://www.bendoregon.gov/government/departments/fire-rescue/safety-tips-emergency-preparedness/fall-winter-safety-tips.