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News Release
Se Oak Ct Pet Iguana
Se Oak Ct Pet Iguana
Pet warming lamp causes small home fire - 02/09/21

Just after 1:00 pm today, residents in a home in the 3700-block of SE Oak Court in Hillsboro called 911 to report smoke and fire from a sunroom in the rear of their home. The residents were able to evacuate safely but their pets were reported to be in the fire area. A neighbor tried to assist with a fire extinguisher before crews arrived but were not successful. Given the initial reports to 911, the incident was upgraded to a first alarm to bring additional resources to the fire.

Engine 1 arrived to find the homeowners outside with smoke coming from the back of the home. They quickly made entry and extinguished the fire. Firefighters from Engine 2, Engine 5, and Truck 5 assisted with the ventilation of the home and securing utilities.

Two pet turtles and one pet iguana were transported to a local veterinary hospital for evaluation. All other pets were safely rescued from the home. No injuries to residents were reported. A Hillsboro Fire & Rescue chaplain responded to the scene to provide comfort and support to the home residents.

A Hillsboro Fire Investigator determined the cause of the fire to be a pet warming lamp too close to combustible materials.

Hillsboro Fire & Rescue was assisted by Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue.