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Fire consumes home in rural Oregon

Owner: 'Everyone is safe. We will rebuild.'

Published: Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2014 5:13 p.m. CST • Updated: Thursday, Feb. 13, 2014 1:08 a.m. CST
(Chris Johnson/Shaw News Service)
A firefighter walks away from the rural Oregon home that was destroyed by fire Wednesday afternoon.
(Chris Johnson/Shaw News Service)
Greg Wessman, the owner of the rural Oregon home that was destroyed by fire Wednesday afternoon, was on hand as the house collapsed and said, "Everyone is safe. We will rebuild."
(Chris Johnson/Shaw News Service)
Oregon assistant fire chief Randy Travis coordinates his crew as fire consumes a home Wednesday afternoon in rural Oregon.

A home in the 3000 block of North Blackhawk Road in rural Oregon was destroyed by a fire Wednesday afternoon.

Firefighters responded to a report of smoke at the home owned by Greg Wessman shortly before 3 p.m.

Oregon Assistant Fire Chief Randy Travis said they thought they had the upper hand on the fire before it flashed up.

The walls and roof of the two-story home collapsed during the efforts to extinguish the blaze. Travis said everyone got out of the house safe.

Wessman was on the scene and had a positive outlook.

"Everyone is safe," he said. "We will rebuild."

At least eight fire departments responded to the scene including Oregon, Mt. Morris, Stillman, Byron, Ashton, Franklin Grove, Ogle Lee, and Lynn Scott-Rock.

They were assisted at the scene by the Oregon Ambulance.

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