- Associated Press - Monday, October 27, 2014

SWEET HOME, Ore. (AP) - Authorities say two people died Monday morning in separate house fires in the Willamette Valley city Sweet Home.

One fire broke out about 1:45 a.m. Firefighters say it was marked by extensive smoke and fire from a large amount of belongings inside.

Dan Woodson, chief of the Lebanon Fire District, saw smoke coming from under the eaves of another house about 8 a.m. and called it in.

One person died in each fire. Neither was immediately identified.

The state fire marshal’s office was investigating the fires. Damage was estimated at $50,000 in each.

Sweet Home has a population of about 9,000. It’s east of Interstate 5 along the Santiam River between Eugene and Albany.

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