Duplex Fire

, Written by Lyle Ahrens, Posted: Fri, February 3 2012 at 2:58 PM, Updated: Fri, February 3 2012 at 4:41 PM

An early morning fire caused about 20 thousand dollars worth of damage to a duplex apartment complex in Klamath Falls.

Erica Levey and Nicholas Derosier woke up to a fire at their home in the Mills Addition on Eberlein Avenue just before 7 this morning.  "We don't know - we think it was an electrical problem" said Levey.  Derosier added:  "I woke up to smoke this morning, so I automatically went and woke her (Erica) up, and grabbed the dog and got out."

The fire began in the apartment next door, where Erica's sister Echo Levey lives.  Echo Levey and her children had been out of town for the past 2 days.

Investigators believe that an electric wall heater that was thought to be broken started up when temperatures dropped Thursday night.  "Something got pushed up against the heater at some point, and started the fire" said Tom Morehouse of Klamath County Fire District #1.

The experience is something that Nicholas Derosier won't forget.  "All the smoke was coming from the neighbor's house, all four of the corners - it was pretty crazy."

There were no injuries.

About the Author

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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