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(Hillsboro, Oregon) A one-alarm fire gutted a Hillsboro home early Sunday afternoon and investigators say it was arson. An adult female is in the custody of Hillsboro Police in connection with the incident that happened shortly after 2 p.m. That's when 9-1-1 dispatchers began receiving multiple reports from neighbors that a home was on fire in the 600 block of SE 20th Court. When firefighters arrived, they found heavy fire coming from the lower level of a tri-level, wood frame home. Flames had extended into brush behind the home endangering neighboring structures and vehicles.
The first arriving Hillsboro firefighters began an aggressive attack stopping the fire in the brush and knocking down the flames in the lower floor from the exterior. As additional engine companies arrived, they entered the home and found extreme heat and flames in the main and upper floors. They were able to knock down the interior fire and cool the structure before a flashover occurred. Firefighters brought the fire under control within 20 minutes. They spent more than an hour dousing hot spots.
A fire investigator is interviewing witnesses, collecting evidence at the scene and coordinating with Hillsboro Police detectives.
The damage estimate in placed at 130-thousand dollars. The home suffered extensive fire damage to the west end, which had both upper and lower floors, and extensive smoke and heat damage to the main floor. There were no injuries.
The only occupant was the adult female now in custody. Please refer all inquiries about the suspect and circumstances of this case to Hillsboro Police.
(Hillsboro Oregon) - A late morning fire destroyed a barn today in Hillsboro near the intersection of West Union and Helvetia Road. At about 11:20 am Firefighters from the Hillsboro Fire Department and Tualatin Valley Fire and Rescue were dispatched to a barn fire at 23200 NW West Union Rd. When firefighters arrived, they found heavy pressurized black smoke coming from inside the barn, flames showing from the front, and someone inside the barn attempting to extinguish the fire and remove items. Once the barn was evacuated, fire crews attacked the flames.
Tualatin Valley Fire and Rescue and Banks Fire Department provided additional staffing and water tenders. The area was not served by a municipal water supply which required firefighters to set up a water shuttle system. In all, four fire engines, one ladder truck, three water tenders and support staff responded to the incident. More than 25 firefighters brought the blaze under control in about an hour.
The barn is considered a total loss along with assorted equipment and tools that were stored inside. No firefighter injuries were reported. A neighbor was transported by Metro West Ambulance due to smoke inhalation.
Initially the incident location was thought to be in Tualatin Valley Fire and Rescue's jurisdiction. After the actual incident location was determined to be 23320 NW West Union Rd., in the jurisdiction of Hillsboro and Rescue, control of the site was turned over to the Hillsboro Fire Department. Investigators from Hillsboro Fire and Tualatin Fire & Rescue are working to determine the cause and origin of the fire.
Photos: Firefighters extinguishing hot spots