Eugene Springfield fire says tree fire at duplex is suspicious in nature

Police and a fire marshal are investigating a fire at a duplex at Dee Court in Eugene. Officials say the fire is suspicious in nature. It started the evening of June 21, 2017. (SBG photo)

EUGENE, Ore. – A row of arborvitae trees next to a Eugene duplex caught fire Wednesday evening and torched the outside of a garage, Eugene Springfield Fire said.

Firefighters responded to the report of the fire in the 5200 block of Donohoe Avenue at 5:30 p.m.

When the fire department arrived, some neighbors had already begun fighting the flames.

"They deserve a lot of credit for their quick action and quick thinking and literally saved the house from being more involved than what is currently suffered," said Cpt. Mike Montgomery.

Eugene Springfield firefighters continued to put out the fire. They cut into the siding of the garage to vent it and make sure the blaze was extinguished.

Montgomery also said the good Samaritans also knocked on doors and made sure everyone was out of the duplex.

The American Red Cross said five people were affected - two adults and three children.

Officials say they consider the fire suspicious in nature.

Police are looking through ashes in the trees and the fire marshal is investigating.

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