Family of Four Displaced by Early Morning Mobile Home Fire (Photo)
Hillsboro, Oregon - Early this morning three adults and a child were displaced by a fire in their mobile home. One of the residents was transported by Metro West Ambulance to the Oregon Burn Center for treatment of burns that he sustained while attempting to re-enter the home.
The fire was reported to 9-1-1 dispatchers at 1:06am and the first engine company to arrive from the Main Station #1 found flames coming through the windows on both sides of the single wide mobile home located at 640 SE 3rd Ave. Firefighters quickly attacked the active fire on the front deck and inside the front room of the home. Firefighters had the fire extinguished within 10 minutes of their arrival.
Witnesses told investigators that one of the residents and his 2 1/2 year old nephew were on the front deck of the home when they saw smoke and flames just inside the front door. The man was injured as he attempted to re-enter the home to look for the family dog. It was later discovered that the dog had gotten out safely. The boy's parents were not home at the time the fire broke out.
Hillsboro Fire Investigators determine the cause of the fire to be electrical in nature. The mobile home is a total loss. The Oregon Trail Chapter of the American Red Cross is assisting the family with temporary housing and essentials.
Eighteen personnel from Hillsboro Fire & Rescue responded to the fire. No firefighter injuries were reported.
Hillsboro Fire and Rescue reminds citizens that once safely evacuated, don't go back inside.
Image attachments: Residential Fire at 640 SE 3rd Ave. 08302014
Interior of 640 SE 3rd Ave. 08302014
Fire Department to Award Four Citizens for Saving 4-Year Old Boy - 08/18/14
(Hillsboro, Oregon) - Hillsboro Fire & Rescue will recognize four local citizens including two pre-teen girls for saving the life of a four year old boy at a church pool party. The life-saving award will be presented Tuesday, August 19th at City Council meeting (7 pm) at the Hillsboro Civic Center, 150 E Main Street.
The award stems from a near-drowning that occurred at a residential pool on Wednesday, August 6th at about 6 pm. Hillsboro Firefighter/Paramedics and Metro West Ambulance responded to the incident. When they arrived they found the boy conscious but with abnormal breathing. He was able to answer questions and assist medics by holding the oxygen mask to his face.
Witnesses said there were 10 children and three adults at the party when swimmers Elizabeth Waters and Lucy Moss, both nine years old, noticed four year old Brady Andersen floating motionless. The girls swam over, realized he was unconscious, and noticed his lips were blue. Working together the girls pulled the boy to the edge of the pool where Radawn Creevy quickly pulled him from the water.
When Mrs. Creevy realized the child was not breathing, she drew upon her recent training and began administering Cardio-Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR). Brady's mother, Marissa Andersen, took over C-P-R while Mrs. Creevy called 9-1-1. Both women continued C-P-R until Hillsboro Firefighter/Paramedics and medics from Metro West Ambulance arrived. Brady was taken by Metro West to a local hospital for treatment. He was released the following afternoon, fully recovered.
"All four of these citizens acted quickly and decisively in saving this child's life," said Hillsboro Fire Chief Greg Nelson. "They are truly deserving of our "Citizen Life Saving Award".
Hillsboro Firefighters "Fill-the-Boot" for MDA (Photo)
For the next three afternoons, from 4-7pm, Hillsboro firefighters will take to the streets with empty boots for their annual fund raising campaign known as Fill-the-Boot. Motorists and pedestrians are urged to fill the firefighters' boots with cash and check donations to benefit MDA and help the Firefighters reach their goal of $20,000.
Firefighters, both career and volunteer, along with family members will be staffing donation locations at three intersections around the city.
* Wednesday at the intersection of Brookwood and Main.
* Thursday at the intersection of 10th and Baseline.
* Friday at the intersection 25th and Cornell.
All donations collected during the Fill-the-Boot will help fund local MDA programs and services, including support groups and equipment such as wheel chairs and leg braces. The proceeds also support clinics at Oregon Health and Science University and Shriners Hospital for Children and help send Oregon children with muscle wasting diseases to MDA summer camp each year.
The firefighter's efforts are a portion of the national relationship with the MDA organization. For 60 years, the International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF) has supported MDA. The Hillsboro firefighters are among public safety members from eight agencies in the Portland Metro area to take part in the Fill-the-Boot campaign.
For more information on MDA, visit www.mda.org
Image attachment: Off-duty firefighter receives donation to help find a cure for Muscular Dystrophy during their annual Fill-the-Boot campaign.