Fires burn two garages in Sweet Home area


December 7, 2022

Scott Swanson

A sequence of photos, taken over a span of about three seconds, shows an explosion during a shop fire in a detached garage shortly after noon Friday, Dec. 2.

An explosion and shop fire rocked a detached garage shortly after noon Friday, Dec. 2.

Sweet Home Fire and Ambulance District personnel responded to find the roof gone on the 20- by 24-foot garage at 41616 Shady Lane, which was completely destroyed. The cause could not determined due to the extent of the burning, Battalion Chief Randy Whitfield said.

"The only heat source that we could discover in talking with the homeowner is a wood stove he had," Whitfield said. "He had stoked that the night before."

Hastings said he opened the door to his garage before he called the fire department, and...

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