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Family suffers tragic loss once, but twice

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A Springfield family lost their home to a massive fire Tuesday night.

“Our family, not only suffered a tragic loss once, but twice within the past month” 15 year-old Crystal Lattymer explained.

Flames rise out of control as firefighter await SUB Crews to cut power to fight fire. Photo KEZI TV 9
Out of control flames hamper firefighting efforts as they await SUB Crews to cut power to fight house fire Tuesday night. Photo KEZI TV 9

“My father was killed in a tragic car accident a couple of weeks ago and Tuesday night’s fire just gave us another set back; now we’ve lost our home,” she said.

Lattymer says they are receiving help from the American Red Cross after the fire.

Fire investigators say the fire was caused by a deep fryer inside the residence. In all the fire caused more than $130,000 in damages to the residence located at the 1100 block of 39th Street in Springfield. Police say that no one was injured at the time of the fire and all seven family members were accounted for.

Firefighters were initially hampered in their efforts to put out the fire.  Arcing powerlines overhead forced the firefighters to delay their initial attack on the fire until a crew from the Springfield Utility Board could respond to the scene and shut down the power.  The fire not only destroyed the home, but also displaced seven people from the fire, fire investigators said.

Lattymer’s only wish as her 16th birthday approaches was to have her home back as it was before the fire took place.

Jeff Newton has been news reporting Public Safety, Police, Fire and Emergency Services Incidents since the early 1990's when he founded Oregon Firepage (OFP), an incident paging notification network, which is currently based in Eugene, Oregon. He currently owns and operates Oregon Firepage Spot News, an independent Freelance Spot News Agency serving the greater Lane County and Western Oregon coverage area with national reciprocal coverage from sister networks across the country. Newton's career in public safety reporting started while in college, when a friend approached him about reporting from Lane County on any major police and fire incidents in the local area - hence Oregon Firepage was born shortly thereafter. He is also a Freelance Writer and blogger.

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