An early morning fire in La Pine critically injured a man and destroyed his house Sunday, according to the La Pine Rural Fire Protection District.
Several neighbors of the home on Evans Lane called 911 just before 3 a.m. Sunday to report that they heard a loud boom and several explosions, then saw the home in flames, according to a fire district news release.
Deschutes County sheriff’s deputies arrived within minutes and found Gary Baldwin on the ground outside his front door. Neighbors were attempting to pull Baldwin away from the intense heat of the fire. Deputies found a plastic wading pool in the yard, placed Baldwin on it and pulled him away from the home.
The La Pine Rural Fire Protection District arrived and began to administer medical care to Baldwin, according to the news release. Sunriver firefighters also assisted, and Baldwin was transported by air ambulance to Legacy Emanuel Medical Center in Portland in critical condition.
Firefighters could not completely extinguish the fire until Midstate Electric Cooperative employees arrived because power lines had fallen on the house and nearby fences, and the lines remained energized.
The fire district is still investigating the cause of the fire. Inside the home, Baldwin had bottled oxygen, ammunition and propane.
Baldwin was still in the hospital’s burn center Sunday night, but his condition was unavailable.