'It's heartbreaking:' Devastating fire displaces five people in Oregon City

'It's heartbreaking:' Devastating fire displaces five people in Oregon City

OREGON CITY, Ore. – A family of five is OK, but their house didn’t fare quite as well after a two-alarm fire early Tuesday morning in Oregon City.

The fire, which began around 3 a.m., destroyed the house near 3rd Ave. and Apperson St.

The family moved in a week ago, but neighbor Vicky Corbett said she’d spent plenty of time in the house before that.

“This just doesn’t happen,” Corbett said. “We have had meals in the home. I’ve been here. I gave them a Christmas wreath. I’m sorry, it’s heartbreaking – I really can’t look at it anymore.”

The Red Cross arrived, providing the family with clothes and a temporary home. The family had insurance, neighbors told KATU News.

"It’s horrifying, it’s horrifying and it’s really sad because these people moved from, I believe, Virginia so thank God all the people got out but everything they own is gone," said neighbor Donna Dylla.

"I don’t know them, but I don’t need to know them in a sense that my heart goes out to them. Nobody should have to go through this, nobody should have to suffer the loss that they suffered, but again, it’s material items really when you look at things because they’re alive."

Fire crews planned to work through the morning to keep hot spots under control and determine a cause. A detached garage escaped damage, as did a wildlands area abutting the property.

Corbett said the family can count on its new neighbors moving forward.

"We held them we don’t even know them –yet-- and we’ll be here to help them," she said. "That’s how we do it here."

A neighbor shot video of the fire while it was in progress.