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No one was inside the house when firefighters arrived at the scene Wednesday morning.

COURTESY PHOTO: CORNELIUS FIRE DEPARTMENT - Firefighters respond to a fire in a Cornelius home Wednesday morning, July 29.Firefighters responded Wednesday morning, July 29, to a reported residential fire in a house located at 307 South 12th Avenue in Cornelius.

No one was injured during the incident, which required the response of seven engines and 32 personnel, said Matt Johnston, spokesman for the Cornelius Fire Department.

Upon arrival minutes after the fire was reported, firefighters found smoke coming from the roof of the house, Johnston said.

"They started an attack on the flames on the second floor in one section of the house, but based on smoke conditions, the fire had spread to another section of the attic," Johnston said in a statement.

A photo taken from the incident appeared to show flames coming out of the roof.

"Due to the way the house was constructed and divided into two, firefighters couldn't easily access a hidden attic space," Johnston said.

Warm temperatures and access difficulties prompted fire command to upgrade the incident to a second alarm fire to bring in additional resources and give the first fire crew a rest, he said.

COURTESY PHOTO: CORNELIUS FIRE DEPARTMENT - Burned materials from a house fire in Cornelius Wednesday morning, July 29."Part of the difficulty was having to access the attic by cutting down very large boards that made up the ceiling in a converted room," Johnston said.

Firefighters put out hotspots about an hour and a half after the fire was fully extinguished.

Johnston said fire investigators aren't sure what caused the fire but it was believed to have started in the attic.

"Cornelius Fire Department reminds everyone to have a working fire alarm in all living areas of your residence," Johnston said.

Cornelius Fire was assisted on scene by Forest Grove Fire & Rescue, Gaston Fire District, Hillsboro Fire & Rescue, Yamhill Fire District, Washington County Sheriffs Office, Cornelius Public Works and Metro West Ambulance.

This story has been updated.


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