Family of Six Displaced by Late Afternoon Fire (Photo)
Hillsboro, Oregon - Late this afternoon two adults and four children were displaced by a fire in their rental home. The fire was reported to 9-1-1 dispatchers at 4:50pm and the first engine company to arrive from the Main Station #1 found flames burning up the siding on the rear corner home and into the attic space. As one group of firefighters attacked the exterior fire, another worked on venting the roof to allow access to the fire in the attic. Firefighters had the fire extinguished within 15 minutes of their arrival.
Witnesses told investigators that three children and one adult were home at the time of the fire. When one of the children saw flames outside near the back door, she alerted everyone inside. Everyone quickly evacuated the home and called 9-1-1. The mother of the three children and their four year old brother were not home at the time of the fire.
Hillsboro Fire Investigators determine the cause of the fire to be accidental in nature. In addition to the exterior fire damage, the interior of the home suffered substantial water damage as a result of the fire in the attic.
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 injuries were reported.
Hillsboro Fire and Rescue reminds citizens to evacuate at the first sign of smoke or fire and call 9-1-1 once safely outside
Image attachments: Firefighters venting the attic at 543 SE 11th Place.
Fire damage to exterior at 543 SE 11th Place
Hillsboro Fire Conducting Smoke Alarm Campaign
Hillsboro firefighters and Boy Scout volunteers will be conducting a door-to-door smoke alarm campaign on Saturday, September 13th from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm in the area around Bagley Park in northeast Hillsboro. Fire personnel will be asking residents if they have working smoke alarms in their home and offering to check those alarms for citizens who haven't tested them recently. If the homeowner doesn't have an alarm or sufficient alarms to adequately protect their family, fire personnel will provide and install smoke alarms free of charge. The alarms and the cost of the campaign have been underwritten by a grant from The Office of State Fire Marshal. The streets planned for canvassing are from NE Lincoln Street to NE Grant Street and from N 1st Avenue to NE 6th Avenue.
"We believe that working smoke alarms are the most important safety devices in your home," said Hillsboro Fire Chief Greg Nelson. "They protect you 24 hours a day and provide warning of a fire so that your family can safely escape." Chief Nelson also encourages the creation and regular practice of a fire escape plan in your home. "That plan should have a simple sketch of the floor plan of your home," said Chief Nelson, "And, it should show two ways out of every room and a meeting place in front of your home." Fire safety educators say families with small children should practice the plan several times a year, including one or more fire drills at night so that children learn that the smoke alarm sound means they should exit the home as quickly as possible.
If you own your own home and need to have your smoke alarm checked, contact Hillsboro Fire and Rescue today.
For more fire and life safety information, visit: www.hillsboro-oregon.gov
or call 503-681-6166.
Hillsboro Fire Stations Open Their Doors in Remembrance of 9-11-01 - 09/05/14
Hillsboro, OR - It's the day the nation promised never to forget, and the Hillsboro Fire Department will remember next Thursday.
As the 13th anniversary of September 11 approaches, our thoughts go back to that tragic day. We remember the men, women and children who were killed. We remember the first responders who fell serving others, and we look for ways to ensure that they are not forgotten.
As we commemorate at the City's five fire stations and both of Washington County Fire District 2's stations we invite the community to join us. The Fire Station doors will be open from 7:00am to 7:00pm in order to give our neighbors a place to remember the first responders who fell serving others, grieve victims, or just say thanks to the firefighters who protect us each day.
Three Hillsboro Fire Stations have 9/11 memorials in place.
Hillsboro Main - Station #1, 240 S. First Avenue
A 9/11 remembrance plaque is proudly displayed at the station's entrance. Inside the front lobby, a 6' high photo of the American flag being raised at ground-zero hangs and pieces of a steel beam from the World Trade Center are displayed.
Ronler Acres - Station #3, 4455 NW 229th Avenue
At the entrance to Station #3 are two "Freedom Trees" that were planted in 2003. Near the two Evergreen Magnolias a carved stone monument reads - These Freedom Trees were planted so that we might always remember the victims and their rescuers lost on September 11, 2001.
Cherry Lane - Station #6, 21880 NW Cherry Lane
Station #6 was dedicated on September 11, 2010. A plaque rests at the base of the stations flag pole commemorating those who lost their lives in three locations on September 11th, at the World Trade Center, the Pentagon and in the field in rural Somerset County, Pennsylvania. Inside the station, a mural of hand-painted tiles created in 2002 by students at Patterson Elementary School lines a corridor. Each student painted two tiles--one reflecting how the child felt about 9/11 and the other about the child's feelings or hope for the future. The mural was installed by Hillsboro Firefighters on the 10th anniversary of the attacks on the World Trade Center and Pentagon.