LA GRANDE — Nobody was injured in an early morning garage fire in west La Grande Tuesday, June 8.

The fire, reported at 5:20 a.m., broke out in the attic of a garage connected to a home in which four people were in. The occupants escaped after a passerby knocked on the door of the home and warned them about the fire, according to Emmitt Cornford, chief of the La Grande Fire Department.

“Whoever it was did the right thing, that is for sure," Cornford said.

There were no smoke detectors in the garage and the ones in the home had not gone off yet. The garage suffered extensive damage and the home sustained smoke damage. In addition a room adjacent to the garage suffered water damage, Cornford said.

The blaze was difficult to extinguish at first because it was in the garage's attic which made it difficult for firefighters to reach.

“It was a bit stubborn," Cornford said.

Firefighters used a positive pressure fan to help keep the blaze from entering the house, Cornford said.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

A total of 15 firefighters from the La Grande and the La Grande Rural fire departments responded to the blaze. Three engines and a ladder truck were sent to the fire.

A crew from Oregon Trail Electric Cooperative arrived shortly after the fire was reported and turned off the home’s power.

Dick Mason is a reporter with The Observer primarily covering the communities of North Powder, Imbler, Island City and Union,  education, Union County veterans programs and local history. Dick joined The Observer in 1983, first working as a sports and outdoors reporter.

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Beats include the communities of North Powder, Imbler, Island City and Union, education, Union County veterans programs and local history. Dick joined The Observer in 1983, first working as a sports and outdoors reporter.

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