Seaside and Cannon Beach fire districts responded to a fire at 307 Sunset Boulevard around 1:30 p.m. Thursday, April 13.
The fire started in the crawlspace of the house, Cannon Beach Fire and Rescue Lt. T.J. White said. There were no injuries, White said. Homeowner Joanne Lewis said she started to smell smoke Thursday afternoon when she stepped out of the shower of her Sunset Boulevard home. She followed the smell to her sewing room, where she found billowing black smoke. Lewis said her late husband built the house 21 years ago, and she has been living in it with her dog ever since. “I’m devastated,” Lewis said. “I’m a seamstress. Sewing is my respite. I hope my fabric isn’t ruined.”
The fire started in the crawl space of the house. The fire appeared to be accidental and caused by a faulty furnace or electrical wiring, Cannon Beach Fire Chief Matt Benedict said. The only structural damage found was in the crawl space, though the rest of the house has some smoke damage, he said.