An elderly woman died Sunday afternoon in a mobile home fire in the Northpark Mobile Village in north Roseburg.
Firefighters from the Roseburg Fire Department responded to the scene at 116 Athena Lane, at about 4:40 p.m. Sunday after neighbors reported seeing smoke coming from the back of the mobile home at the east end of the trailer park.
Firefighters on the scene said Elaine Hamlin, 76, and her two cats perished in the fire.
Ed Rust, who lives a few spaces away from the house, said he went to the home to see if he could help.
“But the door was too hot to open, and just then the firemen came around the corner, so I thought I’ll let them do their work,” he said. “Elaine lived there alone in the home, and was on hospice.”
Lorri Titus lives next door to the home and saw smoke coming from the back of the home, so she called 911 to report it.
“The heat just emanated from it, it was so dark and so thick, and from the front room, there was only a little bit coming out of the awning,” Titus said.
Titus said the fire department got there rapidly.
“I was shocked how fast they got here; it was quick,” she said.
The structure, valued at $6,800, was determined to be a total loss. Although the exact cause of the fire is under investigation, it is considered to be accidental in nature.