A fire today in southeast Roseburg threw up a plume of black smoke, destroyed a three-bedroom house and displaced four people.
The fire at 1423 S.E. Main St. broke at about 9 a.m. When Roseburg firefighters arrived, the house was engulfed in flames.
“We haven’t been able to get inside to do an investigation,” Deputy Fire Marshal Monte Byran said at the scene.
One of the home’s occupants, Frank Hill, 25, said he lived in the house with Brenda Pifer and Jeromy Howell and their 3-year-old son.
Pifer and Howell left for Mercy Medical Center in Roseburg in the early morning hours because Pifer is expecting a child, neighbors said.
“She’s having a baby right now,” Hill said.
Hill said he woke up to the smell of smoke and brought the boy out of the house. He suffered a minor burn on his back.
Hill said he assumed his cat perished in the fire. He said he lost all his belongings.
The house was built in 1930 and had an assessed value of $82,000, according to the Douglas County Assessor’s Office.
Neighbors gathered around and discussed rounding up clothes for the child and worried about Pifer and Howell. Neighbor Ann Foote said the house had contained lots of new clothes and toys for the new baby.
“I don’t even know how to help. They have nothing to come home to,” Foote said.
• Reporter Garrett Andrews can be reached at 541-957-4218 or firstname.lastname@example.org.