Fire spreads to South Eugene home's attic

EUGENE, Ore. -- Fire spread to a South Eugene home's attic Saturday morning after burning a large portion of the back side of the house.

Fire department officials estimate the flames caused about $150,000 worth of damage to the home.

Firefighters responded to the house on Lincoln Street just after 6:30 a.m. Saturday to find smoke billowing from the roof.

"When the crews got here we had a fire on the back side of the house that had ran up into the attic and caught the attic on fire," said Eugene-Springfield Fire Department Battalion Chief Lance Lighty.

Chief Lighty said the home had been vacant for more than a year. The homeowners, who live out of state, were remodeling the house before putting the property on the market.

Crews brought the fire under control in about a half-hour.

"(We're) fortunate it was an early morning fire. It wasn't, you know, 90 degrees with that wind we've been having. It would've changed how this outcome would've been," said Lightly.

Chief Lightly said having the fire start in the back of the house was unusual. Fire investigators are still looking into what caused the blaze.