Cornelius-area house fire blamed on smoking
A fire early Monday morning, June 22, damaged a two-story house east of Cornelius and prompted a response from the American Red Cross, according to Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue.
Firefighters were called to the scene in the 300 block of Northwest 334th Avenue, in between Hillsboro and Cornelius, just before 3 a.m. Monday. Fire and smoke were visible coming from the house by the time they arrived, TVF&R noted.
It took crews less than 20 minutes to extinguish the fire, and about an hour longer to put out hot spots, clear smoke and salvage belongings from inside the house.
Investigators determined the fire started because smoking materials hadn't been properly disposed of. They started a fire on a wooden deck, which spread to the main structure of the house and up into the attic space.
The resident woke up, smelled smoke and was able to evacuate without injury.
The house was not equipped with working smoke alarms or a fire sprinkler system, TVF&R said.
The Red Cross is assisting the home's resident.
In addition to TVF&R, Hillsboro Fire & Rescue and the Cornelius Fire Department responded to the scene, as did the Washington County Sheriff's Office. Hillsboro firefighters were reportedly the first to arrive on the scene.
By Mark Miller
Washington County Editor
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