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(Hillsboro, Oregon) An automatic sprinkler system functioned as it was designed and extinguished an apartment fire in Hillsboro early Friday morning but not before the fire forced one woman and her neighbors to flee. 9-1-1 dispatchers received a call shortly before 2:00 am from a hysterical woman saying everything in her apartment was on fire at the Wyndhaven Apartments, 305 SW Edgeway Drive. Firefighters from Hillsboro Fire Department and Tualatin Valley Fire and Rescue quickly responded.
Upon arrival, Engine 6 from Hillsboro's Cherry Lane fire station found that the apartment's sprinklers had doused a mattress fire in the bedroom of a second floor apartment. Firefighters shut off the water flow to the one sprinkler head that had activated. The sprinklers limited significant fire damage to the occupant's mattress with water damage occurring to the furniture in the bedroom and the floors throughout the apartment. Water also seeped into a downstairs apartment. Total damage estimate is five-thousand dollars.
The adult female occupant of the apartment told firefighters that she had been smoking in bed and apparently fell asleep. She was not injured. A fire investigator will interview her and comb through the evidence at the scene to confirm the cause. Firefighters remained on scene for more than an hour removing smoke from the building and beginning the water removal process.
Both the adult female occupant of the fire-involved apartment and the two occupants of the apartment below will be assisted by the Cascade Chapter of the American Red Cross with overnight accommodations. The remaining estimated 100 occupants of the complex were allowed to return to their apartments about 45 minutes after the fire.
Hillsboro Fire and Rescue reminds all citizens that smoking in bed is the number one cause of fatal fires in homes. If you smoke:
* Only smoke outside and never in bed
* Use a sturdy astray to extinguish smoking materials or use a bucket of sand
* Never smoke while using medicines, alcohol or medical oxygen
* A combination of working smoke alarms and automatic sprinklers in any home provide the safest environment in which to live
For more fire and life safety information, visit www.hillsboro-oregon.gov/fire or call 503-681-6166.
Just before 1:00 pm Wednesday afternoon, Firefighters from Hillsboro Fire Station #2 were dispatched to a truck fire at 3205 SE Minter Bridge Rd. They arrived to find a trash hauling truck in flames with heavy smoke coming from the cab and the engine compartment. The crew attacked the flames with water from Engine #2 as additional firefighters on Engine #1 arrived to secure a water supply form a nearby fire hydrant. Firefighters had the fire knocked down within five minutes of their arrival.
A Hillsboro Fire Investigator arrived shortly after the fire was extinguished. The investigator interviewed the driver and began examining the wreckage to determine the cause of the fire. The cause of the fire has not been determined at this time. The 2015 Freightliner truck is a total loss. No injuries were reported.
Each year on Veterans Day, American people pause to honor and celebrate America's veterans for their patriotism, love of country, and willingness to serve and sacrifice for the common good. At 11:00 a.m. on Friday, November 11, Hillsboro Firefighters will take time at each fire station to stop what they are doing and count 21 seconds, silently standing in solidarity with everyone else in the U.S.A. By doing so, we join our state and nation in remembering the sacrifices of countless Americans to preserve our freedom.
These observances are held in communities of this great nation remembering that on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th of month of 1918, the "war to end all wars" came to a close across the globe. Commemorated as Armistice Day beginning the following year, November 11th became a legal federal holiday in the United States in 1938. In the aftermath of World War II and the Korean War, Armistice Day became Veterans Day, a holiday dedicated to American veterans of all wars.
The public is invited to Washington County's annual Veterans Day Ceremony on Friday, November 11, 11 a.m., at the Washington County Veterans Memorial, NE Veterans Drive and NE 34th Avenue, Hillsboro. Parking is available at the TriMet Fair Complex/Hillsboro Airport stop. The one-hour event will take place rain or shine, with covered seating available.