House fire spotted from street

ALBANY, Ore. - People passing by spotted a house fire and alerted the father and toddler daughter inside, who escaped to safety along with their pets.

The Albany Fire Department responded to the fire on Grand Prairie Road just after 2 p.m.

At 3 p.m., they sounded a second alarm to call for help fighting the stubborn blaze. Firefighters from Corvallis, Lebanon and Tangent responded to the scene. Firefighters from Jefferson helped cover other calls in the city.

The fire did an estimated $125,000 in damage to the house and destroyed $20,000 in personal belongings.

The fire was part of one of the busiest days on record for the Albany Fire Department. On December 9, 2013, there were 36 calls for service. The most calls Albany FD has ever had in a 24 hour shift was 38 in 2008.

Eighteen of those calls were medical, 10 were fires or fire alarms, seven calls were for water pipes breaking and one call was for a motor vehicle crash.

Since the snow started on Friday, Albany FD has responded to 139 calls with the average being 27-28 in a 24 hour shift. A normal average is 18-19 calls in a 24 hour shift.

Firefighters urged residents to review home fire prevention safety tips to help keep safe during the snow and cold.