Fire Hits Hillsboro Mechanical Parts Production Company (Photo)
(Hillsboro, Oregon) - A fire in a dust filtration unit caused an undetermined amount of damage Friday morning and forced 120 employees to evacuate the building at 3740 NW Aloclek Place in Hillsboro. After about an hour of waiting outside, employees were allowed to re-enter the building. No one was injured.
Investigators say the fire began in a dust filtration unit on the production floor of Davis Tool, a producer of precision-machined parts, sheet metal parts, and assemblies. Fire Investigators belief that a spark from grinding operations near the dust filtration unit caused combustible particulates in the unit to ignite. Fire damage, mostly confined to the unit, extended up the exhaust duct into the adjoining room/open area activating a single roof fire sprinkler head and spread smoke throughout the warehouse.
When Hillsboro firefighters arrived, they found the building evacuated and smoke coming from the rear doors of the production area. Firefighters were unable to use water on the fire since water reacts with fine metal particles to accelerate the fire. Crews used dry-chemical and specific combustible metal extinguishers to put the fire out. The fire was extinguished within 11 minutes of firefighters arrival.
Additional firefighters set up ventilation fans in the building's doorways while others isolated electrical power in the building.
In all, 24 firefighters responded to the fire. One engine from TVF&R, three engines and 1 ladder truck from the Hillsboro Fire Department.
For information on fire and life safety, contact Hillsboro Fire Department at 503-681-6166 or visit www.hillsboro-oregon.gov/fire.
Hillsboro Women and Pets Safe after One Alarm Fire (Photo)
(Hillsboro, Oregon) - A one-alarm fire forced a Hillsboro woman and four her pets out of the house Friday afternoon. The blaze broke out about 2:30 pm. Sixty-three year old Jan Thomas told investigators she was in the home when she smelled smoke. Thomas quickly evacuated the house and called 9-1-1.
Before Firefighters arrived two men driving past the home noticed smoke coming from the back of the house. The two men attempted to extinguish the fire with a garden hose and by throwing dirt on the flames. Their efforts knocked down the exterior fire. Hillsboro Fire didn't have the opportunity to thank the men for stopping to help as they left the scene shortly after firefighters arrived.
When firefighters from the Jones Farm Fire Station #5 arrived, they found active fire in garage and attic of the one story home. Firefighters attacked the flames and brought them under control in 12 minutes. In all, 16 firefighters from Hillsboro Fire Department fought the blaze. There were no other injuries.
The fire caused heavy damage to the rear entry of the home along with damage in the attic area. There was moderate smoke damage throughout the house. There is no damage estimate at this time. A fire investigator is interviewing witnesses and examining the evidence at the scene to try and determine the cause.
Hillsboro Fire Department Chaplains are working with the Oregon Trail Chapter of the American Red Cross to find temporary housing for the residents, their two dogs and two cats.
Hillsboro Fire & Rescue reminds you that at the first sign of smoke, evacuate the building and call 9-1-1 once safely outside. Once you exit a burning home, stay outside.
Hillsboro Fire Hires Two Firefighters (Photo)
(Hillsboro, Oregon) Hillsboro Fire Department has added two new probationary firefighters to its rolls. They are 34-year old Jeffery Menear, and 24-year old Sven Dugojevic. Both started with the City of Hillsboro on Friday, May 1, 2015. While both are experienced firefighters, they will be in training for several months to learn the Hillsboro Fire Department methods and tactics.
Menear is a retired U.S. Army sergeant and moved here from Fairview, Tennessee where he was a full time firefighter/paramedic. He has a Bachelors of Science in Fire and Emergency Management and is pursuing a Masters degree.
Dugojevic grew up in Beaverton and volunteered for Corvallis Fire and Rescue while attending Oregon State University from 2009 to 2012. Later he attended Oregon Health Sciences University.
Hillsboro Fire Department serves more than 94,000 people from five fire stations. All firefighters are certified emergency medical technicians (EMT) or EMT/paramedics. Last year, Hillsboro firefighters responded to nearly ten-thousand emergency calls for service.
Hillsboro Fire Department's Veterans' Employment Workshop Canceled - 05/04/15
(Hillsboro, Oregon) The Veterans' Employment Workshop scheduled for May 9th at Hillsboro Fire Department has been canceled due to a lack of participants. Hillsboro Fire leadership will evaluate whether another offering of this assistance is warranted at a later date.