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Coos Bay Man Suffers Smoke Inhalation From House Fire
The Coos Bay Fire Department responded to a fire at a duplex at 1697 Milligan in Coos Bay on February 8th. Upon arrival, firefighters found the one story duplex structure completely consumed in flames.
A resident of one of the duplexes, 65-year-old Charles Landis, was rescued prior to the arrival of the Fire Department by a neighbor, Thomas Browning, an off duty Charleston Rural Fire District Volunteer, Firefighter Christian Nelligan, and Travis Erickson. Landis was taken to Bay Area Hospital where he was treated for smoke inhalation then released. There were no other injuries reported.
The Coos Bay Fire Department surrounded the fire and controlled both duplex units at the same time. An additional, fire department from North Bend was called to assist in the suppression effort. Due to the unique design of the roof and materials on fire, firefighters remained on scene for a period of time to locate and put out all of the hot spots. Investigation efforts are on-going to determine the cause of the fire.
Margaret Landis, a resident from one unit of the duplex, was not home at the time the fire. But a resident in the other unit, Lori Rymer was at home during the blaze. Her husband, David Rymer, was not. Fire damage to the duplex was estimated at $225,000 for the structure and $100,000 to the contents. The duplex is owned by Charles Landis. No other homes were threatened by the fire.
Four fire engines, one aerial truck, one rescue truck, three staff vehicles, and 33 firefighters responded to the fire. The crews remained on scene until 4:13pm. The Coos Bay Fire Department would like to remind all citizens to remain vigilant in their fire safe practices. For more information call Fire Chief Stan Gibson at 541-269-1191.