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A rescued bunny from house fire
A rescued bunny from house fire
Hillsboro Firefighters Respond to Five Fires in One Day (Photo) - 06/25/24

June 20th marked the first official day of summer, but June 24 put an exclamation point on that milestone this year. Your Hillsboro firefighters responded to five separate fires in our service area and served as mutual aid partners to our regional fire departments and districts. While many service calls are medical emergencies, these incidents remind us that fires can happen anytime. We encourage our community members to practice fire safety this summer season.

Beginning at just before 9:00 am, firefighters were dispatched to reports of a car fire in the 8000 block of NE Quatama St. En route, dispatchers provided additional information that smoke was billowing from underneath a vehicle parked in an attached carport to a home. Firefighters knocked down the fire quickly and prevented it from spreading into the house.

Around 11:45 a.m., firefighters responded to a residential fire in the 1000 block of SE Baseline Street. Multiple 911 callers reported seeing flames and heavy smoke coming from the back of the house. Some neighbors tried to help put out the fire, while others knocked on the home’s doors to ensure everyone could evacuate safely. Sadly, one person suffered life-threatening injuries and was transported to the hospital. 

At 6:12 p.m., a caller reported to 911 that a battery charger had caught fire inside a home and ignited other surrounding contents. The fire was extinguished and contained in one room, thanks to an aggressive fire attack. Two people were inside the house when the fire started and were not injured.

Two hours later, minutes before 8:00 pm, Hillsboro fire crews on Engine 1, Engine 3, Engine 5, and Engine 6, were dispatched to assist Banks Fire District 13 with a structural fire as a mutual aid resource. 

Lastly, at 11:04 pm, firefighters responded to a residential fire at a duplex in the 2000 block of NE Barberry Court. A neighbor who called 911 to report the fire initially believed they saw the glow from a fire pit but quickly realized that a large fire was burning that consumed the entire back of the home and extended inside. The fire was upgraded to a first-alarm incident, which brought additional firefighters and resources from Tualatin Valley Fire and Rescue and Cornelius Fire Department. 

Hillsboro Fire and Rescue reminds community members of these important fire safety tips:

  • Working smoke alarms can save lives.
  • Create and practice your home escape plan. Know two ways out of every room. Designate a meeting place outside your home.
  • Use the proper, manufacturer-approved cables and devices to charge your rechargeable batteries. Be alert to the charging systems and unplug them when the system indicates the batteries are sufficiently charged. Do not use extension cords.
  • While cooking, always remain in the kitchen and never leave cooking unattended.
  • Smother cooking fires by putting a lid on the pot or pan and turning off the power source if you can safely.
  • Never re-enter a home to retrieve pets or belongings. Alert firefighters to pets that may still be inside.
  • Call 911 from outside using your cell phone or a neighbor's phone.

Hillsboro Fire & Rescue is grateful to partner with our regional fire and EMS departments and districts, including the 911 center, law enforcement, and public utilities. Together, we can prevent fires and reduce injuries throughout our communities. 

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Fire Damage-Side of Home
Fire Damage-Side of Home
Exterior fire significantly damages duplex; 10 displaced (Photo) - 06/25/24

Overnight, our firefighters responded to a residential fire in a duplex on NE Barberry Court in Hillsboro. Just after 11:00 p.m., a neighbor behind the home saw an orange glow and initially thought it was from a fire pit. As they approached the fence separating the two homes, they saw heavy black smoke and a fire growing quickly outside the back of the home. Minutes after the first call to 911, many other neighbors called 911 and reported that the fire appeared to have spread inside the home. 

Upon arrival, Hillsboro Fire Engine 5 immediately assessed the situation and found flames consuming the back and side of the home. They swiftly requested that dispatchers upgrade the fire to a first alarm to bring additional firefighting resources to fight the fire. A second fire engine arrived shortly after the first arriving crew and connected to a fire hydrant to supply firefighting water. Firefighters strategically deployed multiple hose lines to attack the fire from the exterior rear and side while other firefighters tactically attacked the fire inside the home. Additional crews accessed the roof to cut ventilation holes to help clear smoke and heated gas from inside. Firefighters meticulously searched for and extinguished hot spots in the attic space and walls to ensure the fire was completely out. 

Firefighters thoroughly searched the house and found one patient who required medical assessment. That patient was transported to a hospital. All other residents from the affected fire unit and the adjacent duplex unit evacuated safely from the structure. No other injuries were reported. 

A Hillsboro Fire investigator responded to the incident and is working to determine the cause of the fire. The exact cause of the fire is still under investigation.  

Hillsboro Public Safety chaplains responded to the scene to support and assist the residents impacted by the fire, which displaced ten people.

Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue, Hillsboro Police, AMR Ambulance, Cornelius Fire Department, and Hillsboro Public Safety Chaplains assisted Hillsboro Fire & Rescue. Thanks also to the Cornelius Fire Department for providing emergency response coverage of one of our fire stations during the incident.

Incident video of firefighters being decontaminated at the fire scene can be found here.

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Fire apparatus and ambulance
Fire apparatus and ambulance
Backyard fire, one person injured (Photo) - 06/24/24

At 11:42 a.m. today, neighbors called 911 to report a fire in the back of a home on the 1100 block of SE Baseline Street spreading quickly. Neighbors attempted to extinguish the fire, while others nearby tried to help evacuate the residence. Callers to 911 reported hearing explosions, but it was unconfirmed about what callers had heard. Given the information reported to 911, the call was upgraded to a first alarm to bring additional firefighting resources. 

Engine 1 arrived and quickly deployed firefighting hoses to the rear of the home to extinguish the fire. Firefighters confirmed that the fire had not extended into the house as reported to 911 and was contained to the home's backyard. When the second fire engine, Engine 5, arrived, they found one adult patient outside in front of the house who was reported to be in cardiac arrest. Firefighter paramedics from Engine 5, Truck 5, and AMR paramedics assessed the patient, quickly loaded the patient into the ambulance, and transported the patient to the hospital with life-threatening symptoms. No other injuries were reported.

Firefighters extinguished the backyard fire quickly and spent additional time overhauling it and putting out hot spots. They searched the home and confirmed that no one was inside. 

A Hillsboro Fire investigator responded to the incident, and a fire investigation is ongoing. The cause of the fire is unknown at this time.  

A public safety chaplain responded to the scene to support and assist the residents and neighbors impacted by the fire.  

Hillsboro Fire & Rescue was assisted by Hillsboro Police, AMR Ambulance, Cornelius Fire Department, and Hillsboro Public Safety Chaplains. 

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