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Don't Commit a Pokémon No - 07/26/17

Hillsboro Fire Department appreciates any positive activity that brings members of the community together. With the recent Pokémon Go phone app, local landmarks (called "gyms" in the game) have become hot spots for new activities called "raids". These raids involve players meeting at gyms and banding together to defeat a Pokémon boss for points. This activity in turn has increased the number of visitors to our fire stations.

While participating in these events, please remember not to block emergency apparatus from responding to emergencies and please park in designated areas so you do not interrupt daily fire department business.

The Hillsboro Fire Department reminds everyone to be aware of their surroundings while being immersed in these types of games in order to avoid serious injuries.

For fire and life safety information, visit: www.hillsboro-oregon.gov/departments/fire or call 503-681-6166. For information on what is happening at Hillsboro Fire Department, follow us on Twitter @HillsboroFire

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Family of Nine plus Pets Displaced by Early Morning Fire (Photo) - 07/06/17

Fire caused considerable damage to a Hillsboro home early Thursday morning, displacing nine occupants. The blaze was reported to Washington County 9-1-1 dispatchers at 12:25 am. When Hillsboro firefighters from Station #1 arrived, they found heavy smoke and flames coming from the side of the home located on the 1100 block of NE Cornell Avenue. The crew quickly discovered that the fence and neighbors back yard shed were also on fire. Firefighters brought the fire under control within 17-minutes from the time of their arrival. A total of 20 firefighters from Hillsboro Fire and Rescue fought the blaze. No one was injured.

All nine residents were at home when the fire broke out. All evacuated without injury. Hillsboro Fire Department Chaplains assisted the family by getting a Tri Met bus on site to keep them safe and secure until the American Red Cross could assist them with temporary housing.

A Hillsboro Fire investigator has interviewed the family and witnesses and is currently working to determine the cause of the fire. Fire damage was contained to the fence, the rear of the house, the attic, and the next door neighbors shed. There is no damage estimate at this time.

Hillsboro Fire and Rescue reminds residents to make sure your smoke alarms are working and have a home escape plan with a designated meeting place in front of the house.
Once safely outside don't go back in.

For more fire and life safety information, visit: www.hillsboro-oregon.gov/fire or
Call 503-681-6166.
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Car fire destroys two vehicles in hospital parking structure (Photo) - 06/30/17

Hillsboro, OR - At 7:37 this morning Engine 1 from the Hillsboro Main Station was dispatched to a car fire at Tuality Hospital. Firefighters arrived to find heavy black smoke coming from the 3rd floor on the south-west corner of the four story parking structure. A Jeep Cherokee was fully engulfed in flames. When they pulled their charged hose to the location of the fire they discovered that a car parked next to the Jeep was also fully engulfed. The fire was quickly extinguished but both vehicles are a total loss. A few other vehicles parked near the fire suffered minor damage.

During an interview with fire investigators, Tuality Health Plan Coordinator, Sharon Naidu, 39 years old, reported that she arrived for work around 7:35. As she normally does, she parked her 2016 Jeep Cherokee on the 3rd floor of the parking garage. While getting out of the car she heard a popping sound and saw smoke coming from under the vehicle. Mrs. Naidu immediately contacted Tuality security who arrived in moments to her location. Quickly realizing that they were unequipped to do anything to extinguish the rapidly building car fire they evacuated the parking area.

Hillsboro Fire investigators are in the process of interviewing additional witnesses and working the fire scene to determine the cause of the fire. No injuries were reported.

Hillsboro Fire reminds drivers that if you see smoke or flames or smell burning rubber or plastic, respond immediately. Get at least 100 feet from the vehicle and call 9-1-1.

For fire and life safety information, visit: www.hillsboro-oregon.gov/departments/fire or call 503-681-6166. For information on what is happening at Hillsboro Fire Department, follow us on Twitter @HillsboroFire

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Keep It Legal-Keep It Safe OR Face the Consequences (Photo) - 06/29/17

Hillsboro Fire and Rescue and Hillsboro Police will be patrolling streets over the July 4th holiday enforcing the Oregon laws on fireworks. Extra teams of enforcement officers will patrol the city streets. Discharging illegal fireworks in the city could bring you a fine of up to $500 along with criminal charges of reckless endangerment or disorderly conduct. In addition, your fireworks, legal or not, may be confiscated if they have been used improperly or are threatening property.

In 2016, there were 192 fireworks-related fires causing more than $519,000 in property damage. Over the past five years, fireworks-related fires were responsible for more than $2.1 million in property loss. Oregon State Law prohibits the possession and use of illegal fireworks, defined as those that fly, explode or shoot projectiles. Illegal items include: M-80s, cherry bombs, bottle rockets, Roman candles and firecrackers. Legal fireworks are described as snakes, sparklers, fountains and spinning ground wheels. City of Hillsboro ordinances also prohibit the use of public property, such as parks and school facilities, for the purposes of using any type of fireworks without a permit.

If you are planning a family fireworks event, please follow these tips:

* Children under 12 years of age should not handle fireworks. Teens from 13 to 18 should be supervised.
* Ensure one adult is supervising all fireworks activities all the time.
* Keep a bucket of water or charged water hose to douse duds. Never pick up a dud. It could still explode.
* And, dispose of spent fireworks in a metal bucket filled with water.
* Sparklers burn at 12-hundred degrees and can cause severe burns. They are not for small children!
* Use legal fireworks on hard or paved surfaces away from dry vegetation or trees.
* For maximum safety of your family, attend a community fireworks display presented by professionals.

Use legal fireworks on hard or paved surfaces away from dry vegetation or trees.
For maximum safety of your family, attend a community fireworks display presented by professionals.

And finally, homeowners are reminded that their homeowners' insurance may not cover damages resulting from knowingly using illegal fireworks or improperly using legal fireworks.

For fire and life safety information, visit: www.hillsboro-oregon.gov/departments/fire or call 503-681-6166. For information on what is happening at Hillsboro Fire Department, follow us on Twitter @HillsboroFire

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Neighbor Alerts Residents to Fire in Their Garage (Photo) - 06/28/17

At 10:25 Tuesday night Hillsboro Fire Department Station 6 was dispatched to a residential fire on the 6600 block of NE Birch Street.

Upon the arrival of Engine 6 Firefighters found smoke coming from an attached two car garage/shop. Once inside the garage they discovered active fire on an outside wall. The fire was contained to one wall of the garage and extinguished within seven minutes of their arrival. Firefighters from Engine 3 and Truck 5 then turned their attention to the 2nd level storage area above the garage to insure that the fire had not spread.

A husband and wife along with their dog were asleep in the house when the fire started. The resident told investigators that his next door neighbor, pounding on their door, woke him and his wife to alert them of the fire. The two immediately evacuated the house and called 9-1-1 from their driveway.

Hillsboro Fire Investigator Joe Ligatich determined that the fire started inside the garage. No cause has been determined at this time.

Fourteen Hillsboro Fire personnel responded to the fire. No firefighter or resident injuries were reported.

The Hillsboro Fire Department reminds everyone to evacuate immediately at the first sign of smoke or fire and call 9-1-1 once safely outside.

For fire and life safety information, visit: www.hillsboro-oregon.gov/departments/fire or call 503-681-6166. For information on what is happening at Hillsboro Fire Department, follow us on Twitter @HillsboroFire

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