At 12:21PM on July 6th 2017, Baker City Fire Dept. was dispatched to a report of home on fire at 1990 Chestnut St. Units arrived and found an exterior fire at the rear of the structure that had extended up into the attic space of the home.
The fire was brought under control in approximately 25 minutes. Crews were assisted by personnel from the Baker Rural Fire Protection District. Crews spent the next hour and half extinguishing hot spots within the attic space and wall of the structure.
The estimated damage to property was placed at $25,000, and the estimated loss of contents within the home was about $20,000. According to fire officials though, it was estimated that a value of $155,000 worth of property and contents that was saved, due to quick response of fire crews in extinguishing the flames.
The fire was determined to have started from smoking materials left in a planter at the rear of the home that ignited patio furniture and extended up the rear wall into the attic.