Fire destroys Hucrest home, woman treated at hospital

Fire destroys Hucrest home, woman treated at hospital

ROSEBURG, Ore. -- A fire destroyed a home in the Hucrest area Saturday night, and sent a woman who lived there to the hospital.

The Roseburg Fire Department was called to a reported roof on fire at 2240 NW Merle Ave., just after 8:30 pm.

When fire crews arrived, they found the house to be mostly involved with fire.

Officials say there were also powerlines down in the driveway.

Due to strong winds, the fire was spreading quickly and a detached shed also started to catch on fire.

The occupant of the house was able to exit on her own, and was eventually transported by ambulance to Mercy Medical Center for further treatment.

Authorities say that the location of the home, along with gravel driveway, made the fire difficult to fight.

Firefighters had to lay 1,400 feet of fire hose up the steep and narrow driveway.

Once access was made, firefighters extinguished the fire and remained on scene for several hours to check hot spots.

Officials say the property, which is valued at over $231,000, received about $150,000 worth of damage to the house and contents.    

During interviews with the occupants, authorities say they learned that the people inside heard noises coming from the attic after starting a fire in a large fireplace.

Neighbors alerted the occupants that the roof was on fire, officials said.

Authorities report that 20 firefighters assisted with the firefighting operations. Other agencies assisting with the fire included Douglas County Fire District No.2, Pacific Power and Avista Gas.