Seven people miraculously escaped a house fire on Awbrey Butte on Wednesday morning.
The family, which included two children, two adults and three adult guests visiting for the holidays, were able to exit the home unharmed. However, the family’s two dogs perished in the fire and the home itself was destroyed.
According to Dave Howe of Bend Fire & Rescue, when crews arrived early Wednesday morning the 3,000 square foot home was already completely engulfed in flames. Howe said the family did exactly what they were supposed to do, everyone left the home as soon as the smoke alarms went off, and that kept anyone from being injured in the blaze.
Unfortunately due to the intensity of the burn, firefighters have so far been unable to pinpoint the cause of the fire. Despite extra units from Redmond and Sunriver assisting in fighting the blaze the home was declared a loss and the fire even damaged neighboring homes.
Central Oregon Daily’s Anyssa Bohanan has more.