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Tumalo garage goes up in flames; firefighters stop its spread

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Judy Schehen
Neighbor Judy Schehen says Bend Fire, other crews did a great job of dousing Tumalo garage fire, protecting nearby properties Tuesday afternoon.
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Bend Fire & Rescue, other agencies stopped spread of a garage fire on Tumalo Road Tuesday afternoon

(Update: Adding video, fire official comments)

No injuries reported; cause under investigation

TUMALO, Ore. (KTVZ) -- A detached garage on Tumalo Road was destroyed by a fire Tuesday afternoon that sent up a black smoke plume and spread to adjacent trees and brush before crews stopped it.

Bend Fire & Rescue crews were dispatched around 2:45 p.m. to the reported structure fire in the 21000 block of Tumalo Road, west of Highway 97, Battalion Chief Trish Connolly said.

The arrived to find the detached two-car garage fully ablaze, with flames spreading to nearby trees and brush and threatening an RV, vehicles and a home.

Connolly said crews made an aggressive attack on the fire, holding it to the garage and preventing its spready to the vehicles or residence.

Mutual-aid assistance was called in from the Redmond and Cloverdale fire departments, as well as U.S. Forest Service crews.

Tumalo Road was closed until about 4:30 p.m. between 85th Street and Half Mile Lane.

The fire was controlled before 3:40 p.m. as crews continued to extinguish hot spots and check the area for any fire that may have spotted to nearby vegetation.

There were no injuries reported. The cause of the fire was under investigation.

Bend Deputy Fire Marshal Dan Derlacki said the return of hot, windy weather can make for more challenges, which is why teamwork with other agencies is so important in the initial effort to stop a fire.

"It's super hot and dry right now, and this is something we're really concerned about, with the grass and the bush that's around this structure," he said.

"So having those Forest Service crews to help us out, having those other departments come and bring in water supply in the area that doesn't have fire hydrants helps immensely, so we can put the water on that fire and put it out," Derlacki added.

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  1. It was not on Tumalo Road. It was on Robin Lane. I know…I was about 600 yards from it and a little freaked out. Thank you thank you thank you BFD for your quick response.

    1. Their news release backs up PulsePoint: At 2:46 today “Bend Fire crews responded to a report of a structure fire at 21054 Tumalo Road.” Perhaps that’s the home address and the garage is on back of the property fronting Robin Lane?

      1. No. They are both actually facing Robin Lane. The garage was west of the house. There is no access to the house directly from Tumalo Road as Fagen’s property is between them and Tumalo Road. The fire crew accessed it from the 85th/Robin Lane side. We were all watching it pretty anxiously hoping it did not spread. Its like a tender box out here just like every place else. I am familiar with the house. I have lived out here on Tumalo Road for 34 years.

        I have PulsePoint myself. However it is not always accurate. One time it reported a fire as being right next door to our house. In a panic we raced home only to find it was a good quarter a mile away. Another time they reported an auto wreck at the corner of Half Mile Lane and Tumalo Road. I stepped outside and looked down the road. It was actually on Tumalo Road and 85th.

      2. Just saw another photo of the burn from another angle on another website. I was wrong. This is the house that is tucked away in the trees behind Fagen’s and you DO access it from Tumalo Road. My bad. From where I was standing at my house. I thought it was the one behind it. However my statements about PulsePoint are still correct.

  2. Phoenix Knight is correct. Fire crews did an awesome job. It appears they accessed the fire from Tumalo Rd. If the structure is North of the power right-of-way which Google maps erroneously calls Sandstone Rd, then it was definitely on Robin Ave. The flames were about 500 feet from my property. I also heard a few explosions and perhaps gun shells going off? Just glad a is well.

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