Family escapes Corvallis house fire with 30-foot flames

CORVALLIS, Ore. - A mother and her two young children escaped a fire that put up 30-foot flames from the second story of a home early Tuesday morning.

Neighbors reported hearing what sounded like an "explosion" prior to observing fire, the Corvallis Fire Department said.

The Red Cross responded to assist the family.

Fire crews were called out to the 3000 block of SE Sternwheeler Drive just after 1:30 a.m. Tuesday.

The first units on scene saw flames 30-feet tall above the eaves of the home.

The fire burned 2 upstairs apartments. One was vacant. The mother and her children lived in the other.

Neighbors alerted them to the fire by pounding on the door.

Upon arrival, firefighters sounded a second alarm, which brought all four engines and ladder truck to the scene as well as 18 firefighters.

A fire engine and crew from Adair, Monroe and Philomath responded to Corvallis to be prepared if another call came in.

The fire was quickly attacked by firefighters using a deck gun located atop the first arriving fire engine as well as additional large diameter attack lines to quickly knock down the fire, the fire department said.