A family of eight escaped unharmed in a house fire in Hillsboro on the morning of Feb. 19. A blaze at 1195 S.E. Alder Street was reported at 6:10 a.m., and the first engine to arrive from Hillsboro Fire & Rescue’s main downtown fire station found heavy smoke coming from the open front door of the small home.

In less than 20 minutes, firefighters brought the flames under control, but the family’s mixed-breed dog was killed in the fire.

Carlos Santos, 52, told investigators he opened the door from the kitchen into the converted garage and saw tall flames and black smoke. He quickly ran through the house, waking his family and getting them all safely outside. Solomon Santos, 26, attempted to re-enter the home to save the family dog, but his father, Carlos, would not allow him to go back inside. With everyone outside, a family member called 911.

Fire investigators determined the cause of the fire to be carelessly discarded smoking materials.

The initial damage estimates was pegged at $50,000 to the structure and $30,000 to contents.

The Oregon Trail Chapter of the American Red Cross is working with the family to provide immediate housing, clothing and essential items.

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