Overnight fire destroys Seaside home, after another fire was reported earlier that day

(Seaside Fire)

A two-alarm fire destroyed a Seaside home early Friday morning.

The single-family home, located at 412 N. Holladay and owned by sole-occupant Robert Boucher, was completely engulfed in flames when Seaside Fire and Rescue arrived on scene shortly after 12:35 a.m.

Officials say this was the second fire in less than 12 hours reported at the residence.

"This is a unique situation," says Seaside Fire Marshal Chris Dugan. "The cause of the original fire was undetermined, but most likely appears to have started near an actively burning wood stove."

Officials say approximately seven hours after crews had left the scene of the original fire, a 911 call from a neighboring residence reported heavy fire involvement at the same structure.

A multi-family homenorth of the fire sustained an estimated $10,000 damage to the exterior and five families were evacuated.

A single-family home to the south sustained approximately $30,000 damage to the exterior and that family was also evacuated.

All parties asked to leave were able to return to their residences once the blaze was under control.

No injuries were sustained by the public or those fighting the fire.

Firefighters were hampered by an extremely large amount of burning contents in the original fire.

Suppression efforts from the first fire damaged the structure significantly and left the home without some windows and holes in the roof. This, coupled with the current condition of the home - along with moderate winds overnight - contributed significantly to the rapid growth of this fire.

The origin of the second fire is currently under investigation.

If anyone has information, please contact Chris Dugan with Seaside Fire and Rescue at (503) 738-5420, extension 102.

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