Fatal House Fire in Coos Bay February 14, 2018
Just after 1:30 a.m. on Monday, Feb. 12, the Coos Bay Fire Department was dispatched to the report of a possible fire near South 19th Street and Idaho Avenue in the Englewood neighborhood.
Upon arriving in the area, firefighters discovered a house fire at 1840 South 19th Street. The fire was coming from a window on the south side of the residence and was beginning to spread to other areas of the house. During the suppression activities, the Fire Department was informed by neighbors that the residents of the home were unaccounted for and may be in the house. Firefighters confirmed that the couple had died in the blaze.
While the fire was contained primarily to one room of the house, the whole building was exposed to thick, black smoke. The home did not have any smoke alarms.
The cause of the fire is under investigation. Because this was a fatal fire, Fire Department protocol requires the notification of the Oregon State Fire Marshal’s office. A Deputy Fire Marshal and the Regional Fire Investigation Team are assisting Coos Bay with the investigation. The County Medical Examiner has not yet released the names of the victims. Coos Bay Fire Department was assisted on scene by Coos Bay Police Department.
The Fire Department would like to remind everyone that working smoke alarms are critical in alerting occupants of a fire.
If you would like any additional information about the fire or Coos Bay Fire Department, contact Fire Chief Mark Anderson at 541-269-1191.