One-Alarm Fire Damages Hillsboro Home (Photo)
A one-alarm fire heavily damaged a Hillsboro home late Monday (7/20/2015) night leaving several people searching for a new place to live. The fire was reported at 11:06 pm at 209 NE 6th Avenue. A security service and passers-by reported the incident. When firefighters from Hillsboro Fire Department's Main Fire Station arrived, they found heavy fire coming from an attached storage area on the northwest corner of the one-story wood frame residence. From the exterior, they knocked down the main body of the fire and continued inside. Crews searched the home and found no one inside. However, fire had made its way into the attic area. Additional firefighters arrived and ventilated the attic space and assisted in extinguishing the flames. The fire was brought under control in about 15-minutes. There were no injuries.
As many as five people were living in the rented home along with one visitor. However, no one was home when the blaze broke out. A Hillsboro Fire Department chaplain is coordinating any assistance the occupants may need.
A fire investigator is examining the scene and interviewing witnesses to try and determine the cause of the blaze. The damage estimate is placed at $25-thousand dollars.
Legal Fireworks Allowed, Common Sense Urged
(Hillsboro, Oregon) Hillsboro residents will be allowed to ignite Oregon legal fireworks this July 4th according to Deputy Fire Chief Mark Prince. However, firefighters are urging everyone to use caution and to exercise good judgement and common sense during the hot, dry holiday weekend to avoid sparking devastating fires.
"We don't want to infringe on anyone's right to celebrate responsibly," Prince said. "We are urging everyone to voluntarily restrict or eliminate their use of fireworks due to the high fire danger and, instead, attend one of the many commercial or community fireworks displays around the metropolitan area," he added. If citizens must set off fireworks, Deputy Chief Prince urged the following:
* Ignite legal fireworks only on paved or cleared dirt surfaces
* Have a large bucket of water or a charged water hose nearby
* Dispose of spent fireworks in a bucket of water
* Closely supervise teens' use of fireworks
* Remember that even sparklers burn at 1,200-degrees
Parents are reminded that they are responsible for damages caused by their children through the misuse of legal fireworks or the use of illegal fireworks. Violators may be subject to fines and civil penalties. By city ordinance, use of fireworks in parks or on city property is prohibited.
Oregon law defines illegal fireworks as those that explode, fly through the air, shoot balls of fire, or travel across the ground more than six feet. Only legal fireworks may be sold at locations here in Hillsboro and across most of Oregon. Citizens who purchase fireworks from tribal retailers or from stands in Washington and return to Oregon may be violating the law.
You can find additional information about Oregon fireworks at the Oregon Office of State Fire Marshal: http://www.oregon.gov/osp/sfm/pages/licensing_fireworks_home.aspx.
For additional information about local fire and life safety information, contact Hillsboro Fire & Rescue at 503-681-6166 or visit: www.hillsboro-oregon.gov/fire.