A house fire Sunday evening caused an estimated $100,000 in damages at 4923 Shoreline Loop N.
Keizer Police Officer Stephen Richardson was first on the scene, at 8:38 p.m., and found the roof on fire and the residents running in and out of the home to rescue valuables.
“He did a great job of relaying messages to dispatch and keeping the resident’s out of harm’s way,” said Capt. Rod Conway, Keizer deputy fire marshal.
The cause of the blaze is still under investigation, but damages were mostly contained to the attic and roof where the fire started.
“We had to pull down part of the ceiling in the dining room, but even the water damage was kept to a minimum,” Conway said.
Both residents of the home and their dog escaped safely. They told responders that they were watching television and thought they might have heard and smelled something, but attributed it to neighbors cooking outdoors. They were alerted to the fire when a neighbor knocked on their door, Conway said.
“In that sense, it was fortunate that the fire happened early in the evening because the smoke detectors still hadn’t triggered,” he said.
A second alarm was triggered on the fire to replenish dehydrated firefighters on the line.