BANDON - Two house fires in one week have displaced six Bandon residents.
A fifth wheel trailer was destroyed in a fire at the Bandon RV Park on Thursday evening.
The occupants, Victoria and José Luis Ramos were both in the trailer when Jose saw smoke coming from the bathroom. He and his wife quickly exited the trailer and Victoria, who happened to have the keys in her pocket, drove the couple's car to safety. No one was injured in the fire, according to Bandon Fire Chief Lanny Boston.
Boston said his department was dispatched at 8:35 p.m. to the Bandon RV Park, located on U.S. Highway 101 and June Avenue, across from the Bandon Veterinary Hospital. By the time firefighters arrived, the trailer was fully engulfed.
"They lost everything," Boston said. "Family living in the area came to help them."
Observers said they heard an explosion while the trailer was aflame, but Boston said it was likely a butane torch or some other small mechanical device that blew up.
"That's not what caused the fire," he said.
The fire's heat damaged siding to the trailers on either side of the fifth wheel, Boston added. The fire is under investigation, but Boston said it is not considered suspicious.
Fifteen volunteer firefighters from the Bandon Rural Fire Department responded to the scene, along with two engines, two water tenders and Boston's rig.
According to reports following the fire, the trailer was insured through Sweet Insurance and the Ramos have several family members living in the area. Victoria is employed at Bandon Inn, where the couple is staying until they can get resettled, according to owner Peggy Backholm.
On Sunday about 3 a.m., Dutch Hausler, who lives with his wife Marjory and two teenage children on Spring Street off Prosper Road, woke up to the smell of smoke and found the living room in flames. Hausler excited the home from the bedroom window. The children were not home at the time and Marjory was out of town, according to Boston. Dutch, who was only partially clothed with no shoes, ran to neighbors' houses but couldn't wake them. He then ran back to his home, got into his car and drove until he could find help, hailing down police officers who dispatched the Bandon Fire Department.
Boston said when he and his crew arrived, the house was fully engulfed and the attic had fallen onto the main floor.
"There were only three and a half walls left when we got there," Boston said. "It was one of the worst ones we've had in quite a while."
The Hauslers lost all of their personal belongings and keepsakes other than what was in a detached garage. They are insured by Juul Insurance and were put up in at Best Western by agent Kelley Basey.
A GoFundMe page has been created to help the family at https://www.gofundme.com/fundraiser-for-the-hauslers.