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Hillsboro Firefighters Annual Toy and Joy Toy Buy set for Sunday, Dec.14, 2014 (Photo) - 12/12/14
This coming Sunday (12/14) is the annual Toy Buy hosted by Hillsboro Firefighters Toy and Joy.

At 9:00am members and families from the Hillsboro Fire Department along with Hillsboro Elks members will meet at the Fred Meyer at 22075 Northwest Imbrie Drive, Hillsboro, OR 97124.

Toys for over 700 families will be purchased and then delivered to the Elks Lodge where they will be organized for specific families and children.

Toys and food packages will be delivered on Dec. 20th.

Photo caption: Firefighter Ryan Phillips loads shopping cart during annual toy buy.

News media wishing to attend can contact Bruce Montgomery at 503-615-6666, PIO pager

This Fred Meyer fork lift is covered in extinguisher powder following a fire caused when the lift operator struck a natural gas line.
This Fred Meyer fork lift is covered in extinguisher powder following a fire caused when the lift operator struck a natural gas line.
Small Fire Forces Brief Evacuation of Corn Pass Fred Meyer (Photo) - 12/08/14
(Hillsboro, Oregon) - A small fire in the merchandise pickup area at the Cornelius Pass Fred Meyer forced the brief evacuation of shoppers Monday afternoon. The fire broke out shortly before 1:30 pm in the northwest corner of the store. When firefighters from Hillsboro Fire Station 3 arrived, they found flames engulfing a ceiling-mounted commercial heater. Firefighters poured water on the heater to keep the fire from spreading to the roofing materials and nearby merchandise storage. Other crews located valves and shut off the flow of natural gas.

Store workers told investigators that one worker was using a fork lift to place merchandise on high storage racks when the fork lift struck and broke the natural gas pipe leading to the heater. The free-flowing gas quickly ignited. Workers expended a portable extinguisher in an attempt to extinguish the flames without success. No one was injured.

The store was evacuated for about half an hour while firefighters shut off the gas, checked for fire extension into the ceiling areas and isolated the damaged natural gas line so the store could resume operations. Customers were allowed back in about 2:00 pm. Investigators place the damage estimate at about five-thousand dollars.

Hillsboro Fire & Rescue encourages all business owners/operators to have a written emergency plan that covers all types of emergencies. Each employee should know their task. All should know how to protect and evacuate customers in the event of emergencies. For more information on fire and life safety, visit www.hillsboro-oregon.gov/fire or call 503-681-6166.

The pile of charred debris grows following a house fire in southeast Hillsboro Sunday afternoon.
The pile of charred debris grows following a house fire in southeast Hillsboro Sunday afternoon.
One-Alarm Fire Forces Hillsboro Family into Cold (Photo) - 11/30/14
(Hillsboro, Oregon) - A one-alarm fire forced a Hillsboro man and his two children into the cold Sunday afternoon. The blaze broke out about 3:15 pm at 5320 SE Hacienda Street. Thirty-five year old Henry Spahn told investigators he and his two children, ages seven and eleven, were in the home when a neighbor banged on their front door telling them the garage was on fire. Spahn evacuated his two children and then returned to fight the fire with a fire extinguisher when he suffered minor injuries. He declined all medical treatment.

When firefighters from the Brookwood Fire Station #2 arrived, they found the garage fully involved in fire with heavy smoke coming from the eaves. They attacked the flames and brought them under control in 12 minutes. In all, 22 firefighters from Hillsboro Fire Department and Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue fought the blaze. There were no other injuries.

The fire caused heavy damage to the garage area of the home along with some damage in the attic area. There was moderate smoke damage throughout the house. The preliminary damage estimate is 60-thousand dollars. A fire investigator is interviewing witnesses and examining the evidence at the scene to try and determine the cause.

The family had no renters' insurance. Much of their furnishings and personal effects will be salvageable. The family will be staying with neighbors.

Hillsboro Fire & Rescue reminds you that once you exit a burning home, stay outside. Additionally, renters are encouraged to have renters' insurance to cover their personal belongings, furniture, and clothing. The property owner of a rental normally carries insurance only on the structure. Renters' insurance is quite reasonable in cost and is available from most agencies.