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Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue says cooking fire damaged four units near Saltzman and Cornell roads

VIA TVFR - Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue crews extinguished a blaze in a second-floor apartment in Cedar Mills on Thursday, Aug. 22. Five tenants have been displaced after a fire broke out at a Cedar Mill area apartment complex, first responders say.

Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue responded to the blaze near the intersection of Northwest Saltzman and Cornell roads around 5 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 22, according to a news release.

Fire crews arrived to find smoke belching from a second-floor unit. Firefighters contained the blaze in that unit, but four adjacent units were damaged by smoke and water.

Investigators believe the fire started in the kitchen while a resident was cooking food. The apartment sustained heavy damage, though no estimate of the cost of repairs was released.

An apartment manager is reportedly working to help the five tenants who were displaced by the fire. No injuries were reported.

"The apartments had working smoke alarms but did not have a fire sprinkler system," fire officials say. "When a fire sprinkler system is present, the likelihood of injuries and costly damage is dramatically reduced."

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