A vacant farmhouse was destroyed Wednesday morning by a fire that drew 18 firefighters from three departments in Idaho and Oregon.
Adrian, Ore., Fire Chief Bob Webb said the wood-frame house belonged to Joe Zueger, who noticed smoke shortly after 7 a.m. The house was the original dwelling on Zueger's farm at 1998 Cassia Road. Zueger had moved to a newer house on the property, but the old house was fully furnished. Webb said the house was built in the late 1930s or early 1940s.
The blaze was difficult to fight, with old wood, double walls and a partial basement. "It went up pretty fast," Webb said.
A dozen firefighters from Adrian were joined by three firefighters from Nyssa, Ore., and three from Parma, who used an engine, two tenders and a pumper. They took about four hours to knock down the fire and mop up.
Webb said the fire appeared to start in the attic and that the most likely cause was an electrical problem.
The house was on Cassia Road, one mile west of the Idaho-Oregon border and two miles south of Roswell Road. The area is known as "Big Bend," a triangle of land defined by an oxbow in the Snake River, in Oregon but east of the river.
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