HERMISTON — Swift work from homeowners and firefighters late Thursday kept an attic fire from spreading.

The Umatilla County Fire District at about 9:45 p.m. received the call-out for a chimney fire at 2150 N.W. Dawn Drive, Hermiston. Battalion chief Corey Gorham said en route the emergency dispatch reported the fire may have spread to the home’s attic.

Four engines and 19 fire personnel arrived and saw some flames in the attic around the chimney, and the homeowners were outside using water from a garden hose to squelch the fire.

That really helped us out a lot and slowed it down,” Gorham said.

Crews attacked the attic from above and below, dousing the remaining flames and hitting hot spots. No one suffered any injuries, and the last firefighters left the scene at 11:24 p.m.

Gorham also said the cause of the fire remains under investigation, but the culprit could be material that was around the stove pipe.

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