The Herald Bulletin

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Cops, courts and fires

July 23, 2013

No explanation for Pendleton fire; owner recovers many belongings

PENDLETON — State fire marshals investigated a fire that consumed a woman's home on Sunday afternoon, but are no closer to determining the cause of the blaze.

The Pendleton Fire Department was called out to the two-story home on Woodchuck Drive near Huntsville Road around 1:30 p.m. on Sunday after a passer-by noticed the blaze. Firefighters rescued a pet cat from a downstairs room and took about 15 minutes to put out the fire.

Still, the house is considered a total loss and is no longer livable, according to fire officials. The owner, who was at work at the time of the fire, is being compensated by her insurance company, which also sent out an investigator.

"We call the state on any fire and they'll send out their own investigator," said PFD Chief Danny Gardner. "And for any big fires like this one, the insurance companies usually send out an investigator of their own to get a report."

Gardner said the owner, who requested to remain anonymous, was out at the home Monday and gathered some salvageable belongings with fire investigators. While there was significant smoke and water damage from the fire, many of the woman's possessions were recovered and still have utility.

While a cause hadn't yet been determined, he said, it appeared the blaze began in the attached garage.

Gardner said officials will continue to investigate the cause throughout the week.

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