By Paul Daquilante • Staff Writer • 

Resident escapes burning home

Firefighters responded shortly after 8 a.m. to a house at 160 N.E. Pacific St. The first unit on scene reported flames showing inside, according to Yamhill Communications Agency radio traffic.

The fire was confined to the front portion of the house, which was separated from the back portion where the unidentified woman had been sleeping, according to Fire Chief Rich Leipfert. He said she was making her way out the back door when firefighters arrived.

Crews got the fire knocked down by 8:25. The Yamhill County Fire Investigation Team will attempt to determine the cause, which was not immediately evident.

The 1,364-square-foot home is owned by John P. McFarland, according to the Yamhill County Assessor’s Office. Built in 1953, it features three bedrooms and 1 1/2 bathrooms.

Twenty firefighters responded with three pieces of equipment. They re-routed traffic around the scene for a time.

Water used to battle the blaze froze on neighboring streets. A McMinnville Public Works Department crew was called out to deal with the icing issue.

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