Woman Killed In McMinnville House Fire

File photo McMinnville Fire Department

McMinnville Fire Department received reports of two structure fires within 90 minutes on Saturday. 

The first was a residential structure fire at 1045 SE Ford ST at 1:51 p.m. Responding units arrived to heavy smoke from the front of a boarded up fraternity house near Lindfield College. Someone has forced entry into the building. The fire was located and contained to the basement in a pile of carpet and a couch. 

Cause of the Fire is under investigation. 

Units from Amity and West Valley were dispatched to assist in coverage of McMinnville during the fire. 

The second fire was reported at 3:17 p.m. while McMinnville units were still working on the original fire. The fire was located at 1925 NE McDonald Lane. Truck 8 from West Valley was the first unit to arrive on scene. Units from Amity, Lafayette and Carlton also responded to the scene to assist. 

First arriving units saw smoke coming from the vents of the house. Firefighters conducted search of the home and located the sole occupant inside the residence. A 71-year-old female was deceased when the firefighters located her. The fire was quickly extinguished and the Yamhill County Fire Investigation Team is currently investigating the cause. The Name of the deceased is being withheld until her next of kin can be notified.

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