'When I opened the door, it was a wall of flames'

'When I opened the door, it was a wall of flames'

EUGENE, Ore. - Brittany Large lived above the business Puttin' on the Ritz on Willamette Street downtown, one of 10 people displaced by a fire that gutted the antique store and apartments above.

"When I opened the door, it was a wall of flames," said Large, who escaped uninjured. "I was right next to it.  The fire was pretty much all right there."

The blaze broke out just after 10:30 a.m. at 1167 Willamette Street.

"Initially we had calls reporting that there were people still trapped inside," said Jeff Kronser, battalion chief with the Eugene Fire Department.

Those reports were not true, but the blaze proved tougher to fight than expected thanks to a second roof.

"They had done remodeling, put on a second roof, and so there were some concealed void spaces where the fire burned," Kronser said.

Nearby businesses evacuated, and Willamette Street was closed from 11th to 13th as fire crews worked the blaze.

Down the street at the Oregon Antique Mall, owner Penny Dolan told KVAL News that the house destroyed by fire had quite a history.

"I think it's 1910 arts & crafts style, but it's all wood," she said. "There's no way you can repair it."

Red Cross came to the aid of the people displaced by the fire.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation. The damage is estimated at $350,000.

Fire officials said the only good news: no one was injured.