Fire crews find deceased man inside burning South Eugene home

Fire crews find deceased man inside burning South Eugene home

EUGENE, Ore. -- A man died in a house fire Monday night off of Spring Blvd. in South Eugene, fire officials said.

The man, who was around 70 years old, was at the home with his mother. Emergency crews said she was taken to the hospital for a pre-existing condition that had been aggravated by the smoke.

What was first reported as a medical call at a home on Dogwood Drive soon turned into a house fire as emergency responders started to smell and see smoke coming from inside the garage, said Eugene-Springfield Fire's Captain Paramedic Mike Arnold.

"Fires usually come in through 911 dispatch, and we get bunked up at the station, we prepare for a fire. This one, the caller wasn't indicating the regular fire answers," said Arnold.

"It caught everybody off guard. It's like, 'Oh, this is an actual fire'," said Arnold, "We just had part of our gear on, so that was a delay too."

Fire crews said a back bedroom and a deck were fully engulfed in flames. Capt. Arnold said a propane tank, likely from a barbecue, was venting on the back deck and sending flames up into nearby trees.

"Luckily it wasn't a summer fire, or we would've had a lot more work on our hands," Arnold said.

Witnesses said fire crews had the flames under control within a matter of minutes.

Fire officials are still looking to find out what caused the home to catch fire.

This is a developing story, updates will be posted as information comes in.