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Fire destroys home near Turner

Fire destroys home near Turner
A fire destroyed the two-story home Saturday evening. (KATU photo)

TURNER, Ore. – A six-alarm fire destroyed a Turner-area home Saturday evening.

Fire crews from all over Marion County were called to the fire because the large two-story house was surrounded by grass.

The Statesman Journal reported there was also limited water access near the home, located in a gated community at 8438 Valley Way SE. Twelve agencies responded to the fire.

No one was home when the fire started, firefighters said.

Crews found flames pouring out of the attic when they arrived.

“We had rapid fire extension in the attic and some explosive fire behavior in the attic. Sheet rock and insulation came down, but fire crews responded correctly and exited the building immediately,” said Turner Fire Chief Jon Remy.

It’s unclear what caused the fire. Witnesses reported seeing lightning in the area before the fire started.

The fire caused at least $300,000 in damage, firefighters said.