Several cats die in Hillsboro-area apartment fire
Firefighters say no people were injured but several cats died in a Hillsboro-area apartment fire on Friday, July 5.
Shortly after 4:31 p.m., crews from Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue and Hillsboro Fire & Rescue were called to Rock Creek 185 apartments, 18700 N.W. Rock Creek Circle.
A 9-1-1 caller told dispatchers that a fire had broken out in an apartment kitchen and was spreading quickly. The blaze was quickly upgraded to a first-alarm fire.
Crews arrived within minutes and found heavy smoke in the apartment. According to TVF&R, crews were able to extinguish the main body of the fire within 20 minutes, which helped prevent the rapidly growing fire from spreading to other apartments.
Crews said no people were harmed in the glaze, but several cats were found dead inside the apartment. Several dogs from two adjoining apartments were rescued, firefighters said.
According to TVF&R, the fire caused extensive damage to the apartment and caused smoke damage to two others.
The blaze displaced three people.
Fire investigators say the cause was accidental. The fire started in the kitchen on a stovetop with hot oil.