Two dogs perish in early-morning fire in Sherwood
Although two residents of a house fire in Sherwood were able to escape, two dogs perished in the blaze early Saturday morning.
According to Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue officials, emergency calls received just before 6 a.m. reported heavy flames and dark smoke coming from a two-story house in the 22400 block of Meissinger Place.
When firefighters from Sherwood Fire Station No. 33 arrived, the garage was fully involved and fire was coming out of some of the windows on the first floor. The couple who owned the home and a houseguest had safely evacuated, and while one individual was evaluated at the scene for smoke inhalation, he was uninjured. The incident commander called a second alarm to help protect adjacent houses that were located very close to the burning home, according to a news release, and within 50 minutes, firefighters had the fire under control, protected nearby exposures and began mopping up.
Firefighters later found the couple's two dogs dead inside the home. The home did not have a fire sprinkler system and will likely be a total loss. A fire investigator has confirmed the fire started in the garage, but the precise cause remains under investigation.