Written by Lyle Ahrens, Posted: Mon, June 11 2012 at 3:59 PM, Updated: Mon, June 11 2012 at 4:08 PM
A mother and daugher are picking up the pieces after a weekend fire destroyed their home in Klamath Falls.
Noel Nuno knew something was very wrong when she got up just before dawn on Saturday...
"I got up, and I heard some popping sounds - and so I went to the bathroom, to turn on a light, but there was no electricity."
Nuno was about to discover that her house was on fire.
"I went outside, and that's when I saw the fire right by mom's room - and I got in the house, and woke everybody up, and called 911. And then it burned."
Nuno, her mother Marilyn Ketscher, and their two dogs were able to get out safely. Investigator Scott Rice of Klamath County Fire District #1 says the fire began in the attic from an electrical overload...
"There wasn't any permanent heat in the building, so they were using portable heaters to stay warm. Portable heaters take a lot of draw. They had a lot of old wiring connected with some new wiring."
Nuno and her mother are now staying with some close friends.
"We're going to move across the street, thanks to our neighbors. Our neighbors have been really helpful."
No dollar estimate of damage has been made.
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.