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Oregon families are recovering after losing their homes to an early morning
homes were on Lake Way Drive, right near Lake Erie.
was just choking, just choking, burning smoke," said Betsy Urso. "I couldn't
see anything. It was dark."
and her boyfriend were inside one house when they woke up to the smell of smoke
around 2:30 a.m.
couldn't get out of the first window, so then we got out of the second story
window and jumped off the ledge," Urso explained.
then ran next door to call 911. That's when they discovered the fire had spread
to their neighbor's home.
my arrival, we had the large white house that was fully involved, and the blue
house right next to it was partially involved," said Oregon Fire Chief Ed
were three people in the neighboring home. They all made it out safely.
says Urso and her boyfriend were lucky, because they didn't have a working
can't stress it enough for people to have a working smoke alarm in their homes,
to check it on a regular basis, to change the battery on a regular basis," he
is looking at the bright side.
work out, and there are worse things in this world than something like this,"
she said. "It's just shocking."
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