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Photo courtesy of Bend Fire & Rescue
133-1/2 NW Broadway Street Structure Fire - 01/23/21

At 3:54 am, Bend Fire & Rescue was dispatched to a reported structure fire at 133-1/2 NW Broadway Street.  The caller was awakened by the smoke alarm and reported seeing flames coming from the top of an interior wall behind the woodstove.  First arriving crews found a working attic fire and were able to quickly suppress the fire.  The home is only 408 square feet, was constructed in 1915, and was heated by a small woodstove in the living room.  Losses are estimated at $8,000.

Upon investigation, the cause of the fire was found to be stove pipe that was installed too close to structural members.  In addition, the ceiling plate for the stove pipe was made of reused metal roofing material, which could have also conducted heat to adjacent structural components. 

Bend Fire & Rescue would like to remind the community that working smoke alarms save lives!  Had there not been a properly installed and working smoke alarm in this home, the outcome could have been far different.  If your smoke alarms are older than 10 years, they need to be replaced.  If you can't afford smoke alarms, contact your local fire agency as many fire departments offer smoke alarm installation.  Visit www.bendoregon.gov/government/departments/fire-rescue/safety-tips-emergency-preparedness/year-round-safety-tips for more information on smoke alarms and other important home safety tips.  

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