Marion County Fire Dist. 1 firefighters break down a garage door in a fire on Dixon Street NE. KEIZERTIMES/Jason Cox

By JASON COX
Of the Keizertimes

Fire crews responded to a shop blaze behind a home at 1685 Dixon Street NE Monday afternoon.

Cause of the fire is not yet known. The homeowner, Richard DeVilliers, was making a salad in his kitchen when he caught a glimpse of smoke out his window. He discovered more smoke billowing from a detached building behind the house, and saw a few flames from its carport.

“I ran out there with a big fire extinguisher and I started fighting it and it got over my head, so I got out,” he said. “I ran around and got the hose, but I just couldn’t fight it.”

Neighbors reported smoke in the area at 2:28 p.m. and called in with a fire two minutes later. Three engines, a ladder truck and medic units from Keizer Fire District responded. A Marion County Fire District No. 1 engine also came to the scene.