UPDATED at 6:04pm with more details.
We've learned more about the house fire that decimated an abandoned home on Colorado Avenue near downtown Bend.
The Bend Fire Department says that the house on the property was fully involved when they arrived shortly after 11:30pm today and that two other structures on the property also caught fire.
Neighboring businesses lost their powerlines, but the 16 firefighters who arrived on the scene were able to keep the fire from spreading to other buildings, according to a press release. There were also no reports of injuries.
The cause of the fire is still under investigation and traffic is now flowing freely through the affected area.
We just returned to the office after heading about four blocks down the road to investigate reports of a house on fire.
Indeed, there is a massive fire underway near the corner of Bond Street and Colorado Avenue, just behind the Bend Indoor Gardening Station building. The house on fire was reported to be in disrepair, but neighbors at the site told us that there had been some homeless people living in the home prior to the fire.
At the moment, both Colorado and Arizona avenues are closed, as is Bond Street. We'd suggest avoiding that area as traffic is already a mess and it appears fire crews will be on site for hours to come.
Here are some photos from the scene and we'll keep you posted as we learn more.