Hillsboro firefighter treated at scene with heat index spiking Sunday afternoon

             A downtown Hillsboro-area laundromat and other businesses were destroyed Sunday after a two-alarm fire swept through a strip mall July 22.

Firefighters will the Hillsboro Fire Department were called to Baseline Laundromat, 314 S.E. Baseline St., at about 9:38 p.m., after smoke and flames were seen coming from the business.

When fire crews arrived a few minutes later they found a heavy fire burning from the laundromat. The fires had spread too much of the building. A dry cleaner and two other smaller businesses inside the small strip mall were also on fire.

Officials with Hillsboro Fire eventually upgraded the blaze to a second alarm fire, bringing in additional personnel and resources to the scene to help contain the blaze. Crews from the Cornelius Fire Department and Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue helped battle the fire.

Due to high temperatures on Saturday, firefighters were rotated in and out of the scene to fight the fire. One firefighter was treated at the scene by paramedics due to the high heat, officials with the Hillsboro Fire Department said Sunday

The blaze was contained within an hour, but crews remained on the scene for several hours extinguishing hotspots.

Fire investigators have not yet released the cause of the fire.

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