Fire invesigators are now calling the an early Wednesday morning fire suspicous. That fire claimed the life of one man. Officials says all other known to be in the home at the time of the fire have been accounted for. The fire alarm was called in after 2am Wednesday from 38100 Ten Bush lane in rural Willamina.
The first responding firefighter to the scene, Seth Bellarts, immediately called for mutual aid response before he even reached the scene because he could see the flames in the distance.
The fire burned very hot in the home, estimated to be more than 70 years old. The home was totally destroyed. A power pole and a vehicle were also damaged.
West Valley Fire District was the initial responding agency, with help from Dallas, TVF &R, Nestucca, and Amity. One of the challenges in fighting this fire was transporting water from nearby Hampton Lumber and the West Valley Fire Station in Willamina.
The Oregon State Fire Marshall’s office and the Yamhill County Fire Investigation team are looking into this fire.
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