Early morning fire leaves 1900s home 'a total loss'

ROSEBURG, Ore. -- Firefighters battled flames early Thursday morning that destroyed a Roseburg home built in 1902, officials said.

Just before midnight a homeowner living at 3040 Fisher Road reported that his house was on fire.

Crews arrived at the house at 12:10 a.m. Thursday, finding that the residents had already safely evacuated the burning structure.

Firefighters said that thick, black smoke and flames emitting from the roof when they arrived on-scene.

The homeowner reported waking up to the sounds of glass breaking in the bathroom. He went into the bathroom and saw flames on one wall and the ceiling.

Officials said that between the rapid spread of the fire and the relatively quick collapse of the roof made it hard for firefighters to battle the blaze from inside the structure.

By 2:35 a.m. Thursday crews had declared the fire under control, but remained at the scene to mop up any hot spots that could cause the fire to reignite.

While no one was injured, the home was a total loss Douglas County fire officials said.

Fire investigators said that the initial damage to the building and its contents is estimated at $100,000. They are still at the scene trying to determine what caused the fire.