12 units evacuated during Hillsboro apartment fire
No injuries were reported as Hillsboro crews knocked down an apartment fire Friday afternoon.
The Hillsboro Fire Department responded to the blaze at the Commons at Verandas Apartments, 2501 N.E. Overlook Dr., around 4:30 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 7, according to a news release.
Firefighters arrived to find smoking billowing from the attic above 12 apartments, but smoke alarms had already activated and everyone inside the building had fled to safety.
Engine 6 crews responded first — and with help from a total of 27 firefighters from Hillsboro and Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue — the blaze was under control within 25 minutes.
First responders say the damage was confined to the attic space and no fire damage was found inside the apartments. Three apartments suffered water damage caused by firefighters' hoses.
"Residents that are unable to return to their apartments will be housed in currently vacant apartments in the complex," according to the news release.
Investigators continue to search for the cause of the fire, and a damage estimate was not immediately available.