Fire burns Albertina Kerr care home in Beaverton
A home in Beaverton used as an Albertina Kerr youth care facility was destroyed in a fire Thursday afternoon, Sept. 16, according to Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue.
Firefighters responded to the house fire on Southwest Tuckerwood Court at about 4 p.m., after callers reported a black column of smoke in the area, officials said.
Crews confirmed all occupants were out of the home before attacking the flames. Firefighters contained the blaze within 20 minutes, according to TVF&R.
The fire caused extensive damage to the garage and living area, deeming the home a "total loss," officials said.
No injuries were reported. Fire officials said Albertina Kerr has arranged for alternative housing for residents of the youth care facility, as well as the caretaker who lived in the now-damaged home.
Investigators have narrowed down the origin of the fire to the garage, but the exact cause is still unconfirmed. So far, it appears to be accidental, fire officials said.
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