Two residents hurt in Washington County fire
Two people were taken to the hospital after firefighters brought a townhouse blaze under control in unincorporated Washington County early Sunday morning.
According to Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue, at around 5:43 a.m. March 6, firefighters responded to the blaze on Northwest Sedona Lane in the Quatama area, in between Hillsboro and Beaverton. Two people inside the townhouse heard smoke alarms going off but were trapped as thick smoke made its way upstairs, according to TVF&R.
Fire officials said the two then jumped out of an upstairs window to escape and were injured in the fall. They were not immediately identified.
Deputies from the Washington County Sheriff's Office evacuated two neighboring townhomes, and Hillsboro Fire & Rescue arrived on the scene first and started extinguishing the fire. By about 6:07 a.m., officials said on Twitter firefighters had brought the blaze under control.
Fire officials said a neighbor found a cat that belonged to the two people, and it was not injured.
The two people were taken to the hospital and officials said their injuries were not life-threatening.
Flames never reached the adjoining townhomes, officials said. Firefighters were able to contain the fire to the one dwelling, but the two people and their cat are now displaced.
Authorities said the cause of the fire is unknown and an investigation is underway.
At the same time, TVF&R and other fire districts were responding to a report of a fire at a house on Sheridan Street in Newberg. A Newberg-Dundee Police Officer arrived within minutes of being dispatched to find visible flames inside the home, prompting an upgrade to a first alarm to bring additional resources to the scene.
The police officer worked quickly to confirm all occupants had evacuated the home. The first firefighters arrived shortly after to find heavy flames throughout the interior of the home and garage. They performed aggressive fire attack measures to gain control of the flames within 15 minutes of their arrival. Dundee Fire Department assisted with mop up and overhaul tasks.
Three residents and their pet cat were displaced due to the extensive fire and smoke damage to the home. Red Cross will be assisting them with temporary housing and other essential needs.
The cause of the fire is unknown and currently under investigation.
TVF&R said it appreciated the assistance provided by the following agencies on both fires: Washington County Consolidated Communications Agency (911 dispatch), Newberg-Dundee Police Department, Dundee Fire Department, Hillsboro Fire & Rescue, Washington County Sheriff's Office, Metro West Ambulance, Red Cross Cascades Region and Portland General Electric.
KOIN 6 News is a news partner of the Portland Tribune. Reporter Jim Redden contributed to this story.
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