Eugene man treated for smoke inhalation after house fire

"I woke up choking from smoke," he said. "I stuck my hand out and I couldn't see my hands past my wrist."

Posted: Mar 2, 2019 3:15 PM
Updated: Mar 2, 2019 4:13 PM

EUGENE, Ore. -- A Eugene man said he's happy to be alive after an early-morning fire tore through him home Saturday morning.

Fire crews responded to Marcum Lane around 2:30 a.m.

Officials said the fire likely started in the garage and then spread to the house, severely damaging it.

RELATED: Early morning fire destroys home in Eugene

Dylan Ottovich, who lived in the home, said he woke up to his home engulfed in flames and smoke.

"I woke up choking from smoke," he said. "I stuck my hand out and I couldn't see my hands past my wrist."

Ottowich and his pet dog and cat were able to make it out of the home, but Ottovich was taken to the hopsital and treated for smoke inhalation.

"They said I might of passed out in the bathroom because I woke up on the floor from too much smoke at that point," he said. "I'm very grateful and still in awe to be honest how I'm OK. I'm not. I'm still kind of shocked that I woke up in the first place."

Ottovich said the Red Cross brought him supplies and helped him find a place to stay.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

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