Fire caused considerable damage to a Hillsboro home early Thursday morning, displacing nine occupants and several pets.
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 Northeast Cornell Ave, said fire department spokesman Bruce Montgomery.
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, and all evacuated without injury, according to Montgomery. Hillsboro Fire Department chaplains assisted the family by getting a TriMet 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 neighbor's shed. No damage estimate was immediately available.
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 ci.hillsboro.or.us/fire or call 503-681-6166.