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Fast fire destroys home in SW Bend’s Tetherow neighborhood; losses at $1.2 million

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Smoke rises from home destroyed by fire in southwest Bend's Tetherow subdivision Wednesday morning
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Bend firefighters pour water on flames in Tetherow home destroyed by fire Wednesday morning
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Early view of fire that destroyed Tetherow home Wednesday morning

(Update: More information from fire official)

BEND, Ore. (KTVZ) – A fast-moving fire destroyed a $1 million home in southwest Bend’s Tetherow subdivision Wednesday morning, but the lone occupant was able to escape safely, authorities on scene said.

The fire was reported shortly before 9:30 a.m. in a two-story home in the 61500 block of Meeks Trail, with several callers to 911 dispatchers reporting it was fully engulfed. The smoke plume was visible across a wide area of Bend.

Bend Fire crews took up a defensive strategy upon arrival, after the partial collapse of the roof and second floor. after the home was searched to ensure no one was inside. The one resident was out before crews arrived, Deputy Fire Marshal Dan Derlacki said at the scene.

Roads in the immediate area were closed. Derlacki said Redmond Fire personnel also were on scene, assisting with a ladder truck "to get into those hot spots and make sure it's completely out," the fire official said.

Derlacki later said the cause of the fire was under investigation, as the homeowners’ insurance company worked to secure the structure. The Red Cross was called in to assist with a temporary place to stay until the homeowner’s insurer can find more permanent housing.

The 3,000-square-foot house was built in 2012, and the structure is valued at $1.25 million, with losses to the building and contents close to that amount.

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  1. We saw the smoke from where we were this morning and thought it might be a controlled burn along Century Drive. Those are expensive homes, hope it was well insured.

  2. Honestly, I worry a lot more when a cheaper house in a lower income neighborhood burns down. Not that I harbor any Ill will to the wealthy guy, but he probably has good insurance, and some other funds to start over with. The poor guy trying to get by has the bigger hill to overcome, and less of a reserve to get back on his feet. Again, not saying the rich guy has it coming, or anything of the sort. I hope they had their pictures backed up elsewhere etc. What a bummer.

      1. Any bets on who was better insured? Who do you suppose is going to have the financial wherewithal to make sure they are treated fairly by the insurance company? Which one is going to have to take the first thing offered? Which one is more likely to have the bigger savings account to dip into while getting things sorted? The guy with the $1.2m house, or the guy with the $120k house? Is that really a big leap?

        I’m not sure where you find bitterness in that post? Ofeel terrible for anyone that goes through it. I know who is likely to recover quicker.

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