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Riggs Hill fire raises concern until home's occupant found


March 10, 2021

BATTALION CHIEF Randy Whitfield, right, and Chief Dave Barringer, left, talk with an investigator from the State Fire Marshal's Office Thursday morning.

Fire destroyed a house near the intersection of Riggs Hill Road and Highway 20 early Thursday, March 4.

The blaze was reported at 4:04 a.m., said Fire Chief Dave Barringer of the Sweet Home Fire and Ambulance District.

Fire crews arrived at 1280 Riggs Hill Road to find the two-story house completely engulfed in flames, Barringer said.

Four engines, two tenders and a battalion chief responded, he said.

"It was what we call a 'defensive attack,' initially," he said, adding that they put it out with water.

Initially, the occupant of the home could not be located, officials said, and there...

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