7 Mobile homes burn in Klamath Falls

, Written by Lyle Ahrens, Posted: Wed, May 14 2014 at 6:48 PM, Updated: Thu, May 15 2014 at 8:29 AM

Klamath Falls, Ore. -- At least 7 homes have been damaged in a late afternoon fire at a Klamath Falls mobile home park on the 1600 block of Hope Street.

Scott Rice of Klamath County Fire District #1 says the fire broke out shortly after 4PM at a mobile home park on Hope Street "The initial call came in as a field fire, we got here and found seven different structures on fire."

Mona Richardson got the news by phone that her home was on fire "And sure enough, all of them were on fire.  We had to get our dogs out and everything - the one trailer's just completely gone."

Family pets were a major concern for many...this bird was rescued from a burning home. 

"I got a phone call that my trailer burnt down."  Says Cherie Thompson.  "My first thought was my animals.  I had four dogs in there, and I'm thinking that none of them made it out alive."

Fire Marshal Rice notes that investigators aren't sure what sparked the fire "We've got some real, items that we need to take a look at. I've got, the ATF's been called, as well as Oregon State Police arson detectives."

No major injuries have been reported as a result of the fires.

Police helped to evacuate the entire trailer park and nearby neighbors.

Klamath County District Attorney Rob Patridge notes that the Klamath County Major Crime team has been activated to investigate a suspected arson of the multiple occupied residences.

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Lyle Ahrens

KOTI-TV NBC2 reporter Lyle Ahrens moved from Nebraska to Klamath Falls in the late 1970's.  He instantly fell in love with the mountains, the trees and the rivers, and never once regretted the move.

Lyle's job history is quite colorful.  He’s managed a pizza parlor; he’s been a bartender, and a “kiwifruit grader” at an organic orchard in New Zealand.  A Klamath Falls radio station hired Lyle in the mid 90's as a news writer and commercial producer.  In 2004, Lyle joined the KOTI/KOBI news operation.

Lyle notes with pride that he has a big responsibility presenting the Klamath Basin to a wide and varied audience.  "The on-going water crisis has underscored the fact that the people and the issues in the Klamath Basin are every bit as diverse as the terrain.  Winning and keeping the trust of the viewers, as well as the newsmakers, is something I strive for with each story".

When he's not busy reporting the news, Lyle enjoys astronomy, playing guitar, fixing old radios and listening to anything by Sheryl Crow.

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