Dog found dead, 5 people displaced after fire in Roseburg duplex

A fire in a duplex killed a dog and displaced three adults and two children Wednesday morning, the Roseburg Fire Department said. (RFD photos)

ROSEBURG, Ore. - A fire in a duplex killed a dog and displaced three adults and two children Wednesday morning, the Roseburg Fire Department said.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

There were no reports of injuries, but the fire destroyed two vehicles and damaged a third.

Firefighters said the resident of the unit where the fire started "called 911 after being awaken by a smoke alarm and observing flames in the kitchen area of the structure."

Firefighters arrived to find all occupants out of the home. Fire crews put out the fire and limited damage to nearby homes.

The unit where the fire started "sustained significant structural and water damage." That's where firefighters found a dog deceased.

The other half of the duplex suffered smoke damage. That damage displaced a family of four - two adults and two children.

"This incident is a great reminder that smoke alarms save lives," the fire department said in a statement. "It is important to have working smoke alarms and to test them monthly. Please remember, any smoke alarm ten years or older should to be replaced. Half of home fire deaths happened in homes without a working smoke alarm. Smoke alarms protect against injury and loss due to a fire. For increased protection, install a smoke alarm on every level of your home, outside sleeping areas (like a hallway), and in each bedroom.

"It is also important to ensure your family has a fire escape plan. Fire escape plans allow your family to have a plan in place in case of a fire. Families should create a plan together, practice the plan together, and in case of a fire – escape together. It is important that everyone knows two ways out of every room. Make sure escape doors and windows are clear and easy to open. Your plan should include a safe meeting place outside."

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