Written by Lyle Ahrens, Posted: Thu, May 15 2014 at 5:01 PM, Updated: Thu, May 15 2014 at 8:11 PM
Klamath Falls, Ore. -- Police in Klamath Falls are trying to figure out what caused a handful of mobile homes to burn Wednesday...and the mobile home park on Hope Street is now being processed as a crime scene.
Scott Rice of Klamath County Fire District #1 notes that the fire broke out at around 4 Wednesday afternoon, and quickly spread...
"We got here and found 7 different structures on fire."
But Thursday, Klamath County District Attorney Rob Patridge wouldn't say exactly hoe many homes burned...
"There's been over 10 families displaced as a result of this fire."
Neighbors helped to rescue John Harreguy's dogs, and his bird from the fire...
"My house is okay." Notes Harreguy. "But my shop is pretty much gone - the whole back's gone."
Patridge says that not all pet owners were as lucky...
"There was a loss of at least 3 pets in this instance, and could be more."
Investigators believe the fire was started intentionally...and police are now looking for clues.
D.A. Patridge: "Clearly doesn't meet any pattern of a natural burn."
Those concerns have triggered activation of the Klamath County Major Crime Team...and police are still asking for clues from the public.
Crews from as far away as Keno and Merrill were called in to help put out the fires Wednesday.
The Red Cross has been working closely with the displaced families.
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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.