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Garage Fire at Abandoned House Threatens Hillsboro Mini Mart (Photo) - 03/17/15
Hillsboro, Oregon - The Hillsboro Mini Mart remains open tonight after an early evening fire in garage next door.

The one-alarm blaze called in at 7:05 pm, caused significant damage to the detached garage of an abandoned house adjacent to the Hillsboro Mini Mart on the corner of S. First Avenue and SE Walnut Street.

When firefighters from Hillsboro Fire & Rescue arrived, they found smoke coming from the structure and from under the eaves of the roof. Within twelve minutes firefighters extinguished the fire. The fire was contained to the garage with no damage to the Mini Mart.

Mini Mart owner, Donald Crane, told investigators that a store patron came in telling him that the side of the building was on fire. The two men quickly evacuated the store and called 9-1-1.

Hillsboro Fire Investigator Joe Ligatich is working to determine the cause of the fire. A total of 18 Hillsboro Firefighters responded to the fire. There were no reported injuries.

Hillsboro Fire and Rescue reminds you to always evacuate at the first sign of fire and call 9-1-1 once safely outside.

For more information on fire and life safety information, visit www.ci.hillsboro.or.us/fire or call 503-681-6166.


Photo Caption: Fire damage to the front of the garage.
Firefighters check the side of the garage from the back yard of the abandoned house
Hillsboro Firefighter/Paramedic Eric Keim Receives Firefighter of the Year Honors (Photo) - 03/11/15
For his many and unfailing contributions to Hillsboro Fire and Rescue, Firefighter/Paramedic Eric Keim has been selected by his peers as 2014 Firefighter of the Year. Eric was recognized for this honor at the Hillsboro American Legion Post 6 Annual Firefighter Appreciation Dinner on March 10th.

This award is given annually to the one individual who best exemplifies the characteristics of a firefighter and who has an outstanding record of fire service achievements. These characteristics are not restricted to heroic action but encompass all aspects of professionalism, dedication and department/community impact.

Eric Keim began his firefighting career in 1998 as a Resident Volunteer/Intern at Corvallis Fire & Rescue. While there, he attended Chemeketa Community College and in 2000 received an Associate Degree in Fire Suppression. He went on to receive a Degree from OHSU in Paramedicine in 2003. Eric joined Hillsboro Fire Department in March of 2008 as a firefighter/paramedic.

In addition to his firefighter duties, Eric served as an Emergency Services Training Officer for Hillsboro Fire from 2012 to 2014. While in that position Eric performed above and beyond in every aspect of his daily duties. From his implementation of the department's records management system, curriculum creation and class instruction to working with our State, Regional, and local EMS partners, Eric excelled. Additionally, Eric focused on ways to improve cardiac arrest save rates within the City of Hillsboro by providing state-of-the-art, high fidelity, hands-on training simulations to his fellow firefighters.

"Eric Keim consistently demonstrates all of the qualities Hillsboro Fire and Rescue is known for, quality customer service, a strong work ethic, teamwork, outside-the-box thinking, and professionalism in every aspect of his job. He is truly deserving of this recognition. We are all better at saving live thanks to Eric", said Hillsboro Fire Deputy Chief Scott Malone at last night's presentation.

For fire and life safety information, visit: www.ci.hillsboro.or.us or call 503-681-6166


Photo caption: Deputy Chief Scott Malone presents Firefighter of the Year Award to Eric Keim at March 10, 2015 ceremony held at American Legion Post 6 in Hillsboro, OR.
Smoke from early afternoon fire at Bonneville Power Administration substation in Hillsboro fills the sky before being safely extinguished (Photo) - 03/06/15
Hillsboro, Oregon -At approximately 12:45 today, the Hillsboro Fire Department was dispatched to a fire at the Bonneville Power Administration (BPA) Keeler Substation on Evergreen Rd.

Upon arrival, Hillsboro Fire Engine #3, found heavy black smoke and flames coming from a voltage control device located well inside the substation. The fire was burning freely and contained to the voltage control device.

Following pre determined response plans, Hillsboro Fire command staff worked with BPA personnel to develop the appropriate response. It was quickly determined that mineral oil surrounding the control device, as insulation, had ignited.

Often in situations such as this, the fire is allowed to burn itself out. Due to the heavy smoke being generated and understanding that as the atmosphere cooled the smoke would begin to settle closer to the ground, a plan was made to extinguish the fire.

Washington County Public Health and local health care providers were contacted as a precaution in the event that the smoke began to settle before the fire was extinguished. The smoke from the fire did not present health risks beyond those for individuals with asthma or other respiratory ailments who should avoid all kinds of smoke.

After much preparation from BPA personnel to make the scene safe by diverting electricity from the area of the fire, Hillsboro Fire along with the Port of Portland Airport Fire Rescue "foam truck" began their fire attack. By 6:00pm the fire was under control.

One firefighter received minor injuries while working to extinguish the fire. Both BPA and Hillsboro Fire Investigators are working to determine the cause of the fire.

BPA was able to quickly isolate the problem and no service to customers has been interrupted.
BPA is confident that the oil will not be dispersed beyond the substation grounds and will now begin cleanup work at the site.


Photo caption: Black smoke and flames from burning voltage control device
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