Three Escape Smoker's Fire Unharmed (Photo)
(Hillsboro, Oregon) -- Three Hillsboro residents escaped injury when a woman smoking in bed while using medical oxygen accidentally caught the oxygen tubing on fire late Monday night. The fire spread to bedding, then furniture, and damaged one bedroom in the one-story home in the 2200 block of Tanager Circle. A smoke alarm alerted the other two residents to the flames and all three escaped unharmed.
The residents told fire investigators the 59-year old woman was smoking in her bed while using medical oxygen. She reported she dropped a cigarette on the medical tubing. It quickly burned through the tubing and caught her bedding on fire. Her 63-year old husband heard the smoke alarm sound and, using his electric wheelchair, went to investigate and found his wife trying to extinguish the flames. They and the man's 93-year old mother left the home and called 9-1-1.
Hillsboro firefighters responded to a report of a residential fire at 11:52 pm. The first arriving crews found all three residents outside. Firefighters quickly doused the flames in one of the three bedrooms. They had the incident under control in less than 10 minutes. Fire damage was confined to that room with moderate smoke damage to about one-third of the home.
Damage to the home is estimated at ten-thousand dollars. Hillsboro Fire Department support staff are working with the occupants to determine if they can remain in the home or will need alternate housing until repairs are made.
Hillsboro Fire reminds all residents to never smoke in bed. While smoking in bed accounts for only two percent of all residential structure fires in the United States, the U.S. Fire Administration says it's the leading cause of civilian fire deaths. Additionally, it is extremely dangerous to smoke while using medical oxygen. O-2 users are warned of those safety risks when doctors prescribe their oxygen therapy.
Garage Fire Forces Residents to Flee (Photo)
Hillsboro, Oregon - A fire in a garage forced three residents out of their Hillsboro home today and heavily damaged the structure. Firefighters from Hillsboro Fire and Rescue responded at 4:02 pm to a report of a residential fire at 20825 NW Hodes Drive. When firefighters from the Cherry Lane Station arrived, they found heavy smoke coming from the top of the garage door of the two-story home and black smoke from floor to ceiling in the living room. 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 garage and brought the fire under control in about 25 minutes.
The home's smoke alarms alerted the occupants to the fire allowing them to safely make their way outside and call 9-1-1. Four cats recovered from the home died, despite firefighter's efforts to resuscitate them.
Fire investigators are interviewing witnesses and working to determine the cause of the fire. They credit working smoke alarms with the safe evacuation of the family. The family will be temporarily residing with relatives.
A total of twenty-two firefighters from the Hillsboro Fire Department and TVF&R 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.ci.hillsboro.or.us/fire
or call 503-681-6166.