A large home roughly four miles southeast of Sisters suffered significant damage due to a fire that burned from Sunday afternoon through midday Monday.
Firefighters with the Cloverdale Rural Fire Protection District were the first to arrive at the three-story, more than 17,000-square-foot home at 16755 Varco Road at around 3:30 p.m. Sunday. Minutes after the first firefighters arrived, the fire moved from the first floor through the second floor and into the attic.
Crews from the seven surrounding fire districts joined the effort, but the blaze continued to grow. The roof collapsed and a county building inspector determined it was unsafe to enter, forcing firefighters to fight it from outside through the night.
With the help of heavy equipment from the Deschutes County Road Department and Robinson-Owens Construction, crews extinguished the fire Monday afternoon.
One member of the family suffered minor burns, and was treated at the scene. Firefighters have not determined the cause of the fire or issued an estimate of the value of the damages.
Deschutes County property tax records show the home is owned by the Cowan Family Trust, James and Nancy Cowan, trustees.