One-Alarm Apartment Fire Leaves Hillsboro Woman Without A Home (Photo)
Hillsboro, Oregon -- A one-alarm fire damaged a second floor apartment leaving a Hillsboro woman to live with a friend this morning. The fire was noticed at 9:45 by workers at a catering company on the first floor of the building and reported to 9-1-1 dispatchers. Hillsboro Fire and Rescue responded to the 300 block of Southeast Second Avenue, arrived in under two minutes, and found fire coming from the open upstairs window of the apartment's kitchen. Firefighters quickly knocked down the flames and found no one home at the time. Damage to the building and contents is estimated at ten-thousand dollars. In all, 24 firefighters from Hillsboro Fire & Rescue responded to the blaze.
The apartment occupant said she had left home just 20-minutes before the fire. She told investigators that she left a new fan running perched on top of the electric stove near the window to cool her apartment. She added that she had not been cooking. Investigators ruled the fire accidental and have concluded the cause to be "undetermined" due to the fact that more than one possible ignition source could not be ruled out.
Hillsboro Fire Department reminds you to never leave any objects on top of your stove. It is easy to accidentally leave a burner on or bump a control to turn one on and cause a fire. For more fire and life safety information, visit www.hillsboro-oregon.gov/fire
or call 503-681-6166.
One-Alarm Apartmetn Forces a Dozen to Flee (Photo)
Hillsboro, Oregon -- A one-alarm fire forced more than a dozen residents from their Hillsboro apartment Sunday afternoon. 9-1-1 dispatchers began receiving calls about 2:45 pm that one building at the Aloha Park Apartments, 875 SW 185th Avenue, was on fire. Firefighters from Hillsboro Fire and Tualatin Valley Fire and Rescue responded. While en route, dispatchers advised firefighters that possibly one occupant was trapped and others were exiting their second and third floor apartments via escape ladders.
When firefighters arrived, they found several bushes on fire in front of a three-story building with flames climbing up the siding. They quickly searched for any occupants and began knocking down the flames. The brought the fire under control in under 20-minutes.
The ground floor occupants weren't at home. That apartment next to the flames suffered some interior damage including the loss of the bedroom windows. The occupants will be staying with friends until their apartment is repaired.
Directly above, 38-year old David Jones, his fiancé and her two boys escaped from their 2nd floor apartment using an escape ladder. The boys, ages seven and five were able to scramble down the ladder.
In his third floor apartment, 22-year old Bradley West heard smoke alarms sounding and woke his sleeping wife and 2 year old baby. They attempted to escape via an escape ladder, but West wasn't prepared to carry his toddler down the ladder. He covered the child and dashed through the smoke in the stairwell to escape. He returned to get his wife out safely.
In all, three children and four adults were checked for smoke inhalation. All refused medical treatment.
A Hillsboro Fire investigator determined the fire started from discarded cigarettes near the stairwell. The smoking materials ignited nearby bark dust and migrated to the arbor vitae which burst into flames. Damage estimate may reach 20-thousand dollars.
Hillsboro Fire Department encourages everyone who smokes to dispose of material properly in a sturdy ashtray. Never discard lit cigarettes into bark dust or shrubbery. Additionally, should your home fire escape plan include the use of an escape ladder, ensure it is long enough for the use. You should practice with it at least once and make appropriate plans if you have small children who may need to exit that route as well.
Passerby Alerts Homeowner to Fence Fire (Photo)
Hillsboro, Oregon - A fence fire forced six residents out of their Hillsboro home today heavily damaging the fence and causing minor smoke damage to the home. Firefighters from Hillsboro Fire and Rescue responded at 8:30 am to a report of a residential fire at 690 NW Connell Avenue. When firefighters from Station #1 arrived, they found the fence just outside the back door of the home on fire with flames reaching into a nearby tree. Firefighters rapidly attacked the flames and conducted a complete search of the home to ensure all occupants and pets were out. The fire crews contained the fire to the fence and items stored near the fence.
The home owner was alerted to the fire by a passerby knocking on his front door. He went to the back door, saw flames well above the top of the fence and instructed his wife to call 9-1-1 as he got the family out of the house.
After interviewing the home owner and digging through debris the fire investigator is unable to determine the cause of the fire at this time.
A total of seventeen firefighters from the Hillsboro Fire Department responded to the fire. No firefighter injuries were reported.
Hillsboro Fire and Rescue reminds you to create and practice a fire escape plan with your entire family. Evacuate first and then call 9-1-1 immediately if a fire is discovered. Ensure your home has working smoke alarms outside all sleeping areas and on each level of the house. For maximum protection, install smoke alarms in each bedroom. For more fire and life safety information, visit: www.hillsboro-oregon.gov/fire
or call 503-681-6166.