One-Alarm Apartment Fire Forces Woman and Children to Flee (Photo)
A one-alarm fire forced a Hillsboro woman to grab her children and flee their apartment in the 1000 block of NE Jackson Street this morning. The blaze broke out shortly after 9:30. When Hillsboro firefighters from the downtown fire station arrived, they found smoke coming from an apartment located above a two-car garage. They quickly knocked down the flames and spent about 20 minutes removing smoke from the structure.
The woman and two small children, ages one and two, were outside. The woman complained of breathing difficulties. Metro West Ambulance paramedics examined her while Hillsboro firefighters mopped up the fire scene. The woman declined to be transported to a hospital. She told firefighters that she noticed the fire about the same time as her smoke alarm began sounding. She called 9-1-1 and all left the structure.
The area of origin of the blaze is a bedroom. There is no damage estimate yet. Fire investigators are examining the scene in an effort to determine the cause. The family did not have renters insurance nor did the structure have residential sprinklers. They will be staying with friends while their apartment is repaired.
Hillsboro Fire Department encourages all renters to purchase renters insurance to cover your personal belongings and furniture. The owner's insurance only covers damage to the building.
One-Alarm Fire Damages Vacant Hillsboro Home (Photo)
A one-alarm fire heavily damaged a vacant Hillsboro home Monday night. The fire was reported at 9:35 pm at 1124 SE Walnut Street. A Hillsboro Police Officer reported the incident when he saw flames and smoke billowing from the two-story structure. When firefighters from Hillsboro Fire Department's Main Fire Station arrived, they found heavy fire coming from the boarded up windows and eaves of the wood frame, 1920s, vintage home. From the exterior, they knocked down the main body of the fire. Additional firefighters arrived and ventilated the attic space and assisted in extinguishing the flames. All fire was extinguished in 35 minutes. A total of 24 Hillsboro Fire Department personnel responded to the fire. There were no injuries.
A fire investigator is examining the scene and interviewing witnesses to try and determine the cause of the blaze. No damage estimate has been determined.