M-F home badly damaged by Friday fire

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MILTON-FREEWATER -- A house fire spread through a home in the 300 block of Eighth Avenue on Friday, damaging about 65 percent of the roughly 1,200-square-foot structure and displacing the family that lives there, an official said this morning.

Few details about the cause and extent of the damage are known at this time. Milton-Freewater City Fire Chief Shane Garner said the case has been forwarded to the state fire marshal for investigation.

Garner's crew was called to the home at 5:54 p.m. and arrived on scene three minutes later to a blaze that had spread throughout the home.

The fire was under control by 6:37 p.m., and completely out 20 minutes after that, the chief said. He said three people were believed to be at the home when the fire started. He said the home is uninhabitable right now.

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