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News Release
Christmas residential fire area of origin
Christmas residential fire area of origin
Christmas Morning Fire Displaces Brothers and Service Dog (Photo) - 12/25/17

Two brothers and a service dog safely evacuated their burning home this morning just before firefighters arrived.

At 7:30 this morning Hillsboro firefighter Todd Dimmitt was heading for work at Station #2 on the corner of Brookwood and Drake when he noticed smoke and the glow of fire at a home near the station. Todd reported the fire to 9-1-1 and alerted the crew at Station 2.

When Engine 2 firefighters arrived they found flames and heavy smoke coming from the back corner of the residence. Fire had also worked its way up into the attic space of the structure. With the assistance of additional firefighters from Hillsboro and TVF&R the fire was extinguished within 20 minutes.

One of the brothers told investigators that his service dog alerted him to the fire. The man said he woke up to the sound of crackling and the smell of smoke. He attempted to open his bedroom door but felt the heat and decided to exit the room through the window, throwing his service dog out first. Once outside he called out to his brother who was sleeping in the front bedroom. The brother exited through the front door.

The fire investigator on scene reported that the fire started in the living room, there were no working smoke alarms in the house and that 4 cats perished in the fire having succumbed to smoke and heat. He is still working to determine the cause of the fire.

A total of 23 firefighters responded to the fire. No firefighter injuries were reported.

Hillsboro Fire reminds everyone of the importance of having working smoke alarms. They are the most important item that you can have to alert you to a fire.
In addition to working smoke alarms develop and practice a home escape plan.
Early detection and knowing how to get out safely in the event of a fire saves lives.