Early morning fire destroys Klamath Falls home

Klamath Falls, Ore. – An early morning fire caused heavy damage to a home in Klamath Falls.

The fire broke out shortly before six Wednesday morning in a home on North Eighth at Prospect Street.

“Flames were visible from multiple blocks away.”  Notes Battalion Chief Toni Brimmer of Klamath County Fire District #1.  “Initial reports were a possible occupant, at this time we have confirmed that there was no occupant in the residence.”

Investigators later learned that the resident had been out of town for about three days.

Fire Marshal Craig Andresen says it’s believed the fire began in the back of the home.  “Appears to be electrical overload, in the kind of northwest corner of the house.”

Crews from multiple agencies were called in to help put out the fire.

Andresen says the fire cause significant damage to the home, which was under renovation.  “Rough estimate of damage, probably around $100,000 is what we’re thinking.”

No injuries were reported as a result of the fire.

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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