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Early Morning Fire in Lebanon Intentionally Set (Photo) - 01/15/20

An investigation into an early morning structure fire in Lebanon has determined that the fire was intentionally set. Firefighters were dispatched to a duplex under construction at 1375 S. Second Street in Lebanon at 6:06 a.m. and first arriving crews reported smoked showing from two garage bay doors. As the incident commander performed a 360-degree walkaround of the structure he encountered a civilian male exiting a rear door who appeared to be injured. An ambulance was called to the scene to evaluate the man who had suffered smoke inhalation and blunt force trauma when he fell into an open crawl space access hole while attempting to extinguish the fire. The man, who first discovered the fire and lives in a neighboring home, was transported to Samaritan Lebanon Community Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

Firefighters extinguished the fire and removed smoldering debris from the structure. The Lebanon Fire Marshal and Deputy Fire Marshal arrived at the scene and began an investigation into the cause and origin of the fire. Evidence examined at the scene revealed that a fire was built within the unfinished structure and spread to the nearby structural lumber and shower insert. Damage was limited to the shower insert, some wiring, and some wall studs and subflooring material. There was no electricity to the structure at the time of the fire.

Lebanon Fire Marshal Jason Bolen cautioned the public on the dangers of entering a structure believed to be on fire. “Fire can spread very rapidly, and a person can be overcome by smoke in a matter of seconds.” he said. “The best thing that a citizen can do is to call 911 immediately and stay out of the structure. If you escape the structure, do not go back inside and keep others from entering.”

If anyone has information about this fire, they are encouraged to contact the Lebanon Fire District at 541-451-1901. “At this point in time we don’t have enough information to determine if there was criminal intent or if this was a warming fire which got out of control.” said Bolen when asked about the status of the investigation. The Fire District is working in conjunction with the Lebanon Police Department on the investigation.

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