CRESWELL, Ore. – Fire marshals are still investigating the large structure fire that happened in Creswell Wednesday night that left 15 people without a home.
Fire officials said the fire happened at the Whistle Stop off of Mill St. around 4:45 p.m.
KEZI spoke with Wade Garton who co-owns the building with his brother. Garton said this is the second fire that has happened on their property in the last three years.
Fire officials said the fire caused extensive damage, but luckily everyone got out okay.
Molly Moccabe was one of those who evacuated the building. She said she grabbed everything she could carry.
"I saw flames shooting out the back window where it had started and I could feel the heat even from the window up there,” said Moccabe. “I grabbed my cat, and I ran around to see if anybody else knew what was going on. Everybody was running out of the building, grabbing stuff, grabbing animals."
Moccabe said when she got out of the building it was devastating watching her home up in flames.
"There was nothing I could do, there was nothing anyone could do,” said Moccabe. “It really just makes you feel helpless."
Garton said the Red Cross provided Moccabe and the other tenants with basic needs like temporary housing, food and clothing. He said Creswell is a tightknit community and appreciates all the support they have received since the fire.
Garton said the fire may have been caused by a gas heater that potentially caught clothes and bedding on fire. However, fire officials said the fire is still under investigation and have not determined an exact cause.
Garton said moving forward they plan on tearing down the building and constructing it from the ground up. He said people can help the tenants get back on their feet by going to any Banner Bank in the area and giving a donation to the "Benefit of the Whistle Stop."
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