Written by Lyle Ahrens, Posted: Thu, October 24 2013 at 5:48 PM, Updated: Thu, October 24 2013 at 5:58 PM
Two women are presumed dead following a fire that burned a home near Bonanza.
Josh Hunt watched as the fire burned...He believes that his mother and her sister were killed in the fire...
"Came out, the house was on fire. No idea what started it. No idea what happened. All we know is the house burned completely down, my mom and my aunt was in it - now they're dead."
"We have not confirmed that yet." Cautions Kathy Longoria of Klamath County Fire District #5. "We have been told by family that there is possibly two people in there, but we don't know that yet."
The fire broke out shortly before noon at the Teal Drive home of Patricia Hunt and Jeannie Wilson.
"We don't know what started it." Notes Longoria. "When I arrived, the back part of it was burning. It's too hot now to get in and investigate."
The house is in a heavily forested area...wildland fire crews were called in to help keep the fire from spreading.
State Police have been called in to investigate the cause of the fire, and to recover any possible remains.
"We won't know that until it cools off." Adds Kathy Longoria. "And then we can actually go in and try a recovery."
Both of the women in the home were reportedly in poor health.
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.