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Thirty people displaced by Hillsboro motel fire

One man suffers burns in Thursday afternoon blaze


A two-alarm fire forced 30 residents of the Hillsboro Budget Inn into the street Thursday afternoon. by: COURTESY - Hillsboro Firefighters finish knocking down the flames at the Hillsboro Budget Inn following a two alarm fire Thursday that injured one and forced another 29 people to relocate.

One person was injured in the blaze, which started just after 1 p.m., according to Bruce Montgomery, public information officer for Hillsboro Fire Department.

When firefighters from Hillsboro’s Downtown Fire Station #1 arrived at 432 S. Baseline St., they found heavy fire coming from one of the second floor units in the two-story, cinder block residential motel. Crews “knocked down the flames in the room of origin but found the fire had entered the attic space,” said Montgomery.

With smoke pouring from eaves at both ends of the building, Hillsboro Fire’s incident commander called for a second alarm.

One of the motel’s residents approached firefighters with burn injuries and was transported by Metro West Ambulance to Legacy Emanuel Medical Center in Portland with nonlife-threatening injuries, said Montgomery.

The fire was brought under control within 26 minutes of dispatch, he added. Assisting Hillsboro firefighters were crews from Washington County Fire District 2, Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue and the Cornelius Fire Department.

Flames caused heavy damage to a pair of adjoining rooms as well as smoke damage to several more, Montgomery said. Firefighters had to pull down ceiling material and cut holes in the roof to fight the fire. Damage estimate is $100,000.

“Fire and police investigators have examined the scene, interviewed witnesses and will be talking to the occupant who suffered burns in an effort to determine how the fire started,” said Montgomery.

The other 29 residents were assisted with temporary housing by the American Red Cross.

Nancy Townsley



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