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Barn Destroyed by Fire (Photo) - 08/26/16

(Hillsboro Oregon) - A late morning fire destroyed a barn today in Hillsboro near the intersection of West Union and Helvetia Road. At about 11:20 am Firefighters from the Hillsboro Fire Department and Tualatin Valley Fire and Rescue were dispatched to a barn fire at 23200 NW West Union Rd. When firefighters arrived, they found heavy pressurized black smoke coming from inside the barn, flames showing from the front, and someone inside the barn attempting to extinguish the fire and remove items. Once the barn was evacuated, fire crews attacked the flames.

Tualatin Valley Fire and Rescue and Banks Fire Department provided additional staffing and water tenders. The area was not served by a municipal water supply which required firefighters to set up a water shuttle system. In all, four fire engines, one ladder truck, three water tenders and support staff responded to the incident. More than 25 firefighters brought the blaze under control in about an hour.

The barn is considered a total loss along with assorted equipment and tools that were stored inside. No firefighter injuries were reported. A neighbor was transported by Metro West Ambulance due to smoke inhalation.

Initially the incident location was thought to be in Tualatin Valley Fire and Rescue's jurisdiction. After the actual incident location was determined to be 23320 NW West Union Rd., in the jurisdiction of Hillsboro and Rescue, control of the site was turned over to the Hillsboro Fire Department. Investigators from Hillsboro Fire and Tualatin Fire & Rescue are working to determine the cause and origin of the fire.

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Photos: Firefighters extinguishing hot spots

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Job Coach Helps Revive Infant Girl, Honored with Life Saving Award (Photo) - 08/03/16

(Hillsboro, Oregon) -- The Hillsboro Fire Department honored Nathaniel Davis at Tuesday's Hillsboro City Council meeting for his life-saving actions on behalf of a five-month-old girl. Davis applied cardio-pulmonary resuscitation (CPR) to the Infant suffering a cardiac event at Hillsboro's Brookwood Library last month.

Hillsboro Fire Department's Engine 3 responded to the dispatch call on the morning of Friday, July 1, and arrived to find CPR in progress. Responders immediately took over CPR and, after a few minutes, the infant was transported to a local hospital for further care.

Library staff later informed the Hillsboro Fire Department that Nathaniel Davis was the person responsible for starting CPR.

Davis had just finished an appointment at the Brookwood Library, where he provides job coaching to employees, when he saw three women panicking in the Library's parking lot and heard the infant's mother yell, "My baby is dying!" while calling 9-1-1.

Davis responded immediately, taking the mother's phone and informing the 9-1-1 call-taker that he was beginning infant CPR. Placing the infant on the trunk of the family's car and recalling his CPR training, Davis began administering both compressions and rescue breaths until emergency responders arrived to take over.

"I encourage all parents to become CPR trained," said Davis. "I am glad that I was able to recall the appropriate steps for CPR and respond appropriately. I am so glad that I was in the right place at the right time, and that this little girl was okay."

The Hillsboro Fire Department encourages everyone to learn CPR. Early intervention by persons trained to perform CPR can greatly increase the chances for survival for someone suffering a cardiac event.

"We are fortunate to have community members like Nathaniel Davis who not only are willing to help during a life-or-death emergency, but who prepare themselves for that possibility by learning how to perform CPR," said Division Chief Scott Magers of the Hillsboro Fire Department. "If anyone hears Mr. Davis' story and is inspired to learn CPR, we can help direct you to a training class."

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One Alarm Fire Damages Hillsboro Home (Photo) - 07/29/16

(Hillsboro, Oregon) A one-alarm fire caused more than 20-thousand dollars in damages to a Hillsboro home early Friday evening. Dispatchers were alerted by neighbors and the Hillsboro airport control tower of a fire in northeast Hillsboro. When firefighters from the Jones Farm fire station arrived in the 900-block of Josephine Street shortly after 8:30, they found heavy fire on the west side of a one-story, wood framed home. The fire was racing down a fence line and extending into the trees as well as extending into the attic of the home. Firefighters quickly attacked the blaze and brought it under control in about ten minutes. There were no injuries.

Fire investigators says the blaze started in a camper trailer parked next to the home. The flames destroyed the camper, about 30 feet of fence line and damaged the homes siding, attic and roof. The interior of the home received only light water damage from firefighting efforts.

The homeowners were not at home; however, the owner said his adult son was there and heard popping noises and some neighbors yelling that his house was on fire. Both the son and the neighbors attempted to fight the fire with garden hoses before firefighters arrived.

The homeowners and son will be staying in their undamaged motorhome until repairs are made to their residence.

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