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Monday morning fire in Tualatin demolishes home

50 firefighters were called to help put out a residential fire that left none injured, but displaced two residents


SUBMITTED PHOTO - TVF&R crews were called about this residential fire just after midnight Monday.The cause of an early-morning fire off of Southwest Wilhelm Road near 65th Avenue in Tualatin is under investigation after flames caused heavy damage to the structure early Monday morning, according to fire investigators.

At 12:33 a.m. on Monday, Aug. 3, a resident at the home called 911 to report fire near the grill on the rear of the home. The fire had started to burn up the backside of the house, and the resident quickly evacuated his family to safety as firefighters drove to the scene.

The first arriving engine from Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue Station 56 found the two-story home fully involved in fire. The blaze was upgraded to a first-alarm fire to bring in additional resources, including water tenders for shuttling in more water, according to TVF&R in a statement. SUBMITTED PHOTO - Crews were able to salvage one of the family's cars by towing it away from the garage before the fire engulfed it.

Crews attacked the fire from all sides of the home with large volumes of water, the agency said.

After determining that all residents were indeed out safely, crews fought the fire from the exterior for the safety of the firefighters, as parts of the home suffered structural collapse during the firefighting operations.

At one point, firefighters were able to salvage one of the family's vehicles parked in front of the garage by towing it away using a winch.

With no reported injuries and no other structures involved, TVF&R said that two residents and a dog were displaced as a result of this fire; they are being supported by neighbors.

In all, nearly 50 firefighters responded to the incident, and crews remained on scene throughout the morning to put out hot spots and prevent the fire rekindling. Southwest 65th Avenue was closed for several hours due to safety concerns.

A TVF&R fire investigator will conduct interviews and examine material evidence to try to determine the fire's cause.

No damage estimate is available at this time.

TVF&R reminds everyone to have and maintain working smoke alarms in their homes. For more information about smoke alarms or other safety tips, visit TVF&R's website.SUBMITTED PHOTO - Two residents and a dog were displaced after this fire destoryed their Tualatin home.

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