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Quick acting neighbor helps woman after her Santa Clara home catches fire

(SBG photo)

EUGENE, Ore. -- A house fire broke out in the Santa Clara area of Eugene around 3:30 p.m. Sunday on E. Anchor Avenue.

A resident of the home -- a woman in her 80s -- is safe thanks to the quick action of her neighbor.

Eugene-Springfield fire officials say the blaze started when a car was left running in the driveway and then caught fire.

The flames then spread to a van also parked in the driveway and then to the garage.

Authorities say a neighbor ran across the street, brought the woman to safety, and called 911.

"A couple of quick acting neighbors saw the vehicle starting the catch fire in the driveway, so they went and knocked on the door and were able to assist an elderly occupant out of the home uninjured," said Eugene-Springfield Fire Chief Scott Bishop.

Multiple fire crews were called to the scene Sunday and officials said both vehicles are total losses.

Fire officials are investigating what caused the car to ignite.

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