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Fire destroys Oregon home; fundraiser under way

OREGON – A fundraiser is set up for an Oregon family whose home was destroyed in a fire Tuesday afternoon.

The home at 2589 W. Oregon Trail Road was engulfed in flames when firefighters arrived shortly after 4:30 p.m. The cause of the fire, which likely started in the attached garage, is being investigated, Mount Morris Fire Chief Rob Hough said at the scene.

Owner Al Koper, a former Ogle County deputy, his daughter, Tanya Koper-Bowers, and her two daughters, all of whom live with Koper, were working in the yard when they discovered the fire and called 911.

Needed are food, gift cards, personal hygiene and household items. They can be dropped off from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday, and from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, starting Monday, at Oregon United Methodist Church, 200 S. Fourth St., Oregon. Call 815-732-2994 for more information

Monetary donations also are needed. Go to https://www.facebook.com/donate/390840621784960/10157073040970901/ or find Annette Yount (Annette Kraft Yount) on Facebook for more information.

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