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Nino Paoli/The Observer

No casualties in structure fire


By Nino Paoli

Published on 7/6/23

LA GRANDE — An early morning structure fire reignited on Thursday, July 6, after initially being doused by firefighters.

At 5 a.m., the La Grande Fire Department received a call about a house fire at 1705 Oak St., according to Capt. Merle Laci. Upon arrival, firefighters determined the flame was “fully involved,” meaning that the structure was beyond saving. The resident and his dog were out of the house and safe.


Laci said a total of 13 firefighters from the La Grande, Island City and Imbler fire departments responded to the initial blaze, applying water to the structure until it was out.

However, around 11:45 a.m. an attic fire started in the house, prompting two fire engines back to the scene. Three firefighters were seen carrying a blackened mattress out of the front of the house, and a couple others used ladders to reach the roof and cut into it with a chainsaw.

Read the full article on The Observer's website here.

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