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Rural home burns


September 19, 2018

Sean C. Morgan

FIREFIGHTERS aim a stream of water onto a fire that destroyed a home on Highway 20 Saturday.

By Sean C. Morgan

Of The New Era

A fire ripped through and destroyed the home of an 87-year-old Sweet Home man and his family late Saturday.

Firefighters responded to a report of the blaze at 10:26 p.m. at 28441 Hwy. 20, west of Sweet Home.

Homeowner Gene Amundson was home alone sleeping, he said. He heard something that woke him up, and he saw red light through the cracks in his bedroom door.

"I woke up, but I thought (granddaughter) Norma Jean was going upstairs with a flashlight," Amundson said, referring to his granddaughter, who lived in the house. He opened the door and saw the fir...

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