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Ammunition explodes as firefighters attack blaze

Photo submitted by Keizer Fire District

Keizer Fire District firefighters braved exploding ammunition to extinguish an early-morning blaze that displaced a family of eight Monday, Nov. 28.

Keizer Fire District crews responded to a report of a fire at 951 Sagrada Circle N. at 12:12 a.m. The family safely evacuated the home after an unknown odor grew to the point that smoke drove them from the residence. A officer from the Keizer Police Department arrived on the scene to find a fully involved garage fire. When crews from the Keizer Fire District arrived on the scene they began attacking the blaze, which had spread into the house and burned to the second floor attic.

KFD officials immediately went to a second alarm which brought units from Salem Fire Department and Marion County Fire District #1 in to assist.  Firefighters were able to stop the fire at the point of origin and stop the progression of fire through the attic to the rest of the home, said  Keizer Fire Chief Jeff Cowan.

Firefighters ended up working under fire as ammunition in the garage was consumed and some explosions were caused by the heat.

The homeowners reported smelling something prior to the discovery of smoke and were attempting to find the origin when the fire was discovered and became immediately too intense to remain in the home. The mother, father and six children, ages seven months to 18 years all got out safely.

Smoke detectors in the home activated as the family decided to leave.

The cause of the fire has not been immediately determined, but an area of origin has been identified and it is not suspicious in nature.