2010 April 5: OR Canby (Clackamas County): Fire in Canby home traced to flue of woodstove
April 05, 2010, 4:27PM
View full sizeInvestigators blamed a woodstove flue as the source of a fire today that damaged a Canby house. No one was injured.CANBY — Fire officials are blaming a woodstove for causing a house fire in Canby today.
No one was injured in the fire, which occurred shortly after noon at 27330 S. Barlow Road. The homeowner reported the fire after she left the burning house.
Division Chief Troy Buzalsky of the Canby Fire District, said arriving firefighters found that fire had spread from a woodstove’s flue to beams and walls in a small sunroom that had been used for growing plants. From there, flames had spread to the attic.
Because the area is not served by fire hydrants, additional water tenders were dispatched to fight the blaze. Crews from the Canby and Aurora fire districts brought the fire under control within 20 minutes.
Buzalsky said heat from woodstove flues can convert unshielded, uninsulated wood to pyophoric carbon over a long period of time. The carbonized wood is highly combustible, Buzalsky said.
A damage estimate was not yet available.