Series of fires, car crashes keeps firefighters busy

Lebanon Fire District thanked neighboring agencies for their help on busy Monday

Two people were hospitalized in a crash on Old Santiam Highway, September 12, 2016. (Lebanon Fire District)

LEBANON, Ore. (KOIN) — Authorities in Lebanon had a busy start to their week Monday afternoon as they dealt with 2 fires and 2 car crashes, officials said.

The first fire started around 1:15 p.m. on the 38200 block of Payne Drive.

Firefighters had to wait for a power line to be shut off before putting out a fire, September 12, 2016. (Lebanon Fire District)
Firefighters had to wait for a power line to be shut off before putting out a fire, September 12, 2016. (Lebanon Fire District)

Firefighters who arrived on the scene found a small, rapidly growing brush fire in a backyard. The flames were reportedly spreading to trees, heavy brush and a house.

Around 3 acres of grass and brush burned before firefighters got it under control.

Another fire was reported on the 31000 block of Santiam Highway near Pineway Road at 2:30 p.m., Lebanon Fire District said.

Crews from Sweet Home, Albany and Brownsville were called in to help.

No one was injured in a crash on Highway 20, September 12, 2016. (Lebanon Fire District)
No one was injured in a crash on Highway 20, September 12, 2016. (Lebanon Fire District)

A live power line in the middle of the fire zone kept firefighters from attacking it immediately. Power was cut off to neighbors before crews could go in and put it out.

Then, officials said, 2 cars crashed on Highway 20 just yards from where firefighters were staged. Four people were inside the cars during the crash but no one was injured.

Another 2-car crash on Old Santiam Highway was called in around 3:35 p.m., officials said. The cars’ airbags were deployed, and authorities on the scene found a man lying semi-conscious on the ground.

Two people were hospitalized but their conditions are unknown.

Investigators determined one driver lost control while driving around a bend in the road. The car slid sideways, directly into the path of a car traveling 40 mph in the other direction, fire officials said. Both cars were heavily damaged in the crash.

Two people were hospitalized in a crash on Old Santiam Highway, September 12, 2016. (Lebanon Fire District)
Two people were hospitalized in a crash on Old Santiam Highway, September 12, 2016. (Lebanon Fire District)

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