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The blaze required 35 firefighters on scene after reports of animals and a resident inside the barn.

COURTESY PHOTO: FOREST GROVE FIRE & RESCUE - Firefighters respond to two-alarm barn fire outside Gaston on Monday night, Jan. 13.Thirty-five firefighters responded to a two-alarm barn fire about two miles northeast of Gaston on Monday night after receiving a report that animals were still inside the structure, Forest Grove Fire & Rescue said.

Based on the report, a full structure fire response was dispatched to the 42000 block of Southwest Vandehey Road shortly before 9 p.m.

"Minutes later, crews arrived on scene to find an approximately 2,000-square-foot barn with heavy amounts of smoke showing," read a statement from Matt Johnson, spokesman for the department. "During initial scene evaluation, it was found that a resident of the property was in the barn trying to extinguish the fire with a garden hose."

The possibility that a rescue might be warranted in addition to fire suppression efforts, firefighters upgraded the blaze to a second alarm to bring in additional resources, Johnson said. Crews found the resident and safely evacuated them from the building before starting fire suppression efforts. The resident didn't need to be transported to a hospital.

After 25 minutes, firefighters extinguished most of the flames, Johnson said. Crews remained on scene putting out hot spots for more than two hours due to the large number of items in the structure.

Goats and horses in the barn were not harmed by the fire, Johnson said.

Seven fire engines and five water tenders were used to fight the fire. Forest Grove Fire & Rescue was assisted by the Gaston Fire District, Cornelius Fire Department, Banks Fire Department, Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue, Carlton Fire District and the Yamhill Fire District.

"Forest Grove Fire & Rescue wants to remind everyone, not to enter a structure that is on fire, especially to try and extinguish it," Johnson said. "Smoke and heat conditions can quickly overcome anyone without proper gear like firefighters wear. Attempting to save property is not worth risking a life."


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