A house on Henderson Road about a mile west of Beaver Creek Road burned to the ground on Thursday morning. (Photo provided by Philomath Fire & Rescue)

A fire in the early morning hours Thursday destroyed a house on Henderson Road about eight miles southwest of Philomath. The residents of the house, which is located on Starker Forests property, were not home at the time of the fire, Philomath Fire & Rescue reported.

Deputy Fire Chief Rich Saalsaa said the fire department received a call at 1:40 a.m. Nov. 17 from a neighbor across the road to report a large fire, possibly involving trees. Saalsaa arrived at 1:58 a.m. on scene, located in the 24000 block of Henderson Road about one mile west of Beaver Creek Road, to find a fully-involved structure fire.

“The fire was knocked down with the available water to ensure it did not spread beyond the building,” Saalsaa said. “It was allowed to burn as there was nothing to salvage at that point.”

Saalsaa said no cause has been determined due to the advanced stages of the fire. The fire department contacted Starker Forests to obtain information on occupants of the house, which was a total loss.

No injuries were reported.

Besides Saalsaa as incident commander, Philomath Fire & Rescue also responded with an engine and two personnel from its Inavale substation, which is located about four miles from the home’s location, and based on the initial dispatch information, a brush truck from the main station in Philomath with three personnel.

Firefighters put a stream of water on the fire. (Photo provided by Philomath Fire & Rescue)

After firefighters arrived, the incident was upgraded to a structure fire. Fire Chief Chancy Ferguson responded as well as water tenders from both the Philomath and Inavale stations, an engine with three personnel from Corvallis Fire and a tender from Hoskins-Kings Valley Fire. Blodgett-Summit Fire sent a tender to Philomath to provide backup coverage to the district.

Saalsaa said units mopped up at the scene and returned at 4:10 a.m. An engine was left behind with two personnel to watch over the remainder of the fire until it burned itself out.

Philomath Fire & Rescue personnel work at the scene. (Photo provided by Philomath Fire & Rescue)

Brad Fuqua, Philomath News

Brad Fuqua has covered the Philomath area since 2014 as the editor of the now-closed Philomath Express and currently as publisher/editor of the Philomath News. He has worked as a professional journalist since 1988 at daily and weekly newspapers in Nebraska, Kansas, North Dakota, Arizona, Montana and Oregon.

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