Fire on Fox Hollow remains under investigation

Fire on Fox Hollow remains under investigation »Play Video
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EUGENE, Ore. - A fire at a Fox Hollow home produced

120-foot flames and multiple explosions

Thursday as it scorched a 1/4 mile of land around the house.

Investigators are still looking into what started the fire.

Deputy Fire Chief Randy Dewitt said the fire could have turned out worse.

Given how dry the weather has been and how close the fire was to Spencer Butte and the Ridgeline Park system, the fire could have spread.

But winds were relatively calm, and Eugene-Springfield Fire and the Oregon Department of Forestry moved quickly on both the ground and from the air.

"They came in and did some key strategic water drops, which really knocked a bulk of the fire spread down," Dewitt said of a forestry helicopter. "Then our ground troops were able to do a flank attack around it and finish the suppression efforts."

Dewitt said thanks to years of planning they knew where all of their water sources were and had a plan of attack in place.