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A mom and her 5 children ages 10, 6, 3, 2 and 11 months safely evacuated their apartment Thursday afternoon when fire broke out in the bedroom. The woman quickly called 9-1-1 and dispatchers sounded the alarm at 2:05. Firefighters from the Hillsboro Fire Department responded to find flames coming from a 2nd floor window at the Pinewood Village Apartments, 1018 NE 17th Avenue. Firefighters knocked down the flames within 10-minutes of dispatch. Significant fire damage was confined to one room of the apartment, with additional fire damage to the exterior siding and into the attic space.
The apartment below the fire unit suffered water damage as well. No damage estimate has been determined. The cause of the fire is under investigation.
The Oregon Trail Chapter of the American Red Cross responded and will be providing assistance to the family. There were no injuries.
Hillsboro Fire reminds everyone that minutes count when fire breaks out.
Check your smoke alarms once a month and be sure to create and practice a home fire escape plan.
For more fire and life safety information, visit www.hillsboro-oregon.gov/fire
On Tuesday, June 28, Hillsboro Fire & Rescue will conduct a training house burn at 635 SE 18th Avenue. The Burn-to-Learn exercise will give valuable live-fire training in a residential structure to Hillsboro's newly-hired firefighter recruits, as well as the department's career and volunteer firefighters.
The Burn-to-Learn exercise will begin at 9am when Hillsboro Fire & Rescue training officers set small fires, one at a time, inside the house. Training officers will then accompany firefighters inside to extinguish the fires. The drill will be supervised by experienced, career firefighters and will adhere to strict safety guidelines. Firefighters have ensured that all that remains in the home is normal, non-hazardous building materials. Once the interior training is completed, the house will be allowed to burn in a controlled and safe manner. There will be teams of firefighters at the scene from beginning until all flames are extinguished.
Motorists can expect that traffic on SE 18th Avenue from SE Maple Street to SE Oak Crest Drive will be closed from 8:30am to 5:00pm.
Hillsboro Fire & Rescue conducts these types of training burns a few times a year. Training Officer Jeff Gurske explains, "Live fire training exercises are especially valuable for Hillsboro Fire & Rescue's newest firefighters by allowing them to witness fire behavior and smoke conditions in a burning structure." Gurske added, "Firefighters are able to learn the capabilities of their equipment and apply tactics in a controlled environment."
The home used in this training exercise was donated by the owner to make way for future construction on the property.
To learn more about Hillsboro Fire & Rescue's Burn-to-Learn training, or to find out how to donate a house for a future Burn-to-Learn, contact Training Coordinator Jeff Gurske at 503-681-3903.
News media wishing to attend can contact Bruce Montgomery at 503-615-6666, PIO pager.