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Weed Burning Again Blamed For Structure Fire

BEND, OR -- For the second time in just a few days, firefighters say efforts to destroy weeds started a structure fire. Bend firefighters responded to a home on Northeast Hope Drive Tuesday, and found flames spreading from the ground, up an outside wall and into the second floor. Crews kept the fire from growing and it was quickly extinguished.

Investigators say someone used a propane torch to burn weeds and hot embers spread from the ground to the garage. Damage is estimated at $100,000.

On Saturday, a Tumalo-area barn was destroyed after someone tried to get rid of weeds next to the building, using a propane torch. 

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