At around 11 a.m. Thursday, Cannon Beach Fire and Rescue crews were dispatched to a structure fire at 180 W. Adams St. in Cannon Beach.

Twelve firefighters, using two fire engines and a ladder truck, extinguished the fire in about 20 minutes, according to Fire Chief Mike Balzer. This was followed by some dousing to put out possible hot spots.

The fire started in an enclosed back porch area near a water heater; the department is unsure if the water heater caused the fire.

A passerby saw smoke pouring from the attic vents and reported it. Though the fire didn’t burn through the roof, it did move through the attic and scorched its contents, Balzer said.

The property owners, who use the house as a second home and were renting it out, have been notified of the damage, which Balzer estimates will cost about $35,000.

“That’s just basic,” he said. “Most of that cost is going to be cleaning up all the water damage.”

The person temporarily residing at the residence was not home at the time. No injuries were reported.

Seaside Fire Department stood by at the Cannon Beach fire station but weren’t called to the scene.


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