Gas meter fire in Aloha leaves trio displaced
A set of gas meters at an Aloha a house with multiple tenants caught on fire Wednesday evening, resulting in the building being evacuated.
Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue responded around 9 p.m. May 30 to the complex at Southwest 198th Avenue and Alexander Street. Crews found fire to one side of the house. A fence was removed and firefighters discovered a set of gas meters had caught fire.
More firefighters were called in to the incident. NW Natural — formerly Northwest Natural Gas Co. — also responded.
A trench was dug to access an underground gas line feeding the meters, allowing NW Natural to crimp the line, which put the fire out. Hillsboro firefighters kept water on the meters and side of the home to prevent the fire from spreading.
With the gas meters being turned off and electric meter being pulled on the unit adjacent to the fire, the three tenants that live in the end unit have been temporarily displaced until repairs can be made. They have opted to stay with friends.
A TVF&R fire investigator will attempt to determine what caused the fire.