40 people displaced by 3-alarm apartment fire near UO campus

40 people displaced by 3-alarm apartment fire near UO campus

EUGENE, Ore. - Fire officials said 40 people were without a home Saturday afternoon after a 3-alarm fire severely damaged an apartment building near the University of Oregon Campus.


Fire officials estimate the fire caused $800,000 to $1 million in damages to the building and its contents. One firefighter was hurt by falling glass while fighting the fire, Chief Randy DeWitt said.


Crews were called out to the apartment on 14th Ave. before 4 p.m. Saturday on reports of a fire on the second floor of the building. Officials said that two units suffered extensive fire damage, while heat and smoke damaged most of the second floor and some of the third.


Firefighters worked to evacuate everyone living inside the building as they fought the fire.


Eugene Police closed off Hilyard Street near 14th Avenue for over two hours while crews worked in the area.


Investigators with the Eugene/Springfield Department suspect the cause to be accidental. Officials said Monday they are still working to locate the exact point of ignition.


The Red Cross is helping the 40 residents displaced by the fire. They will be staying at the local Campus Inn, and officials think the residents can return home in the next month or two.