Fire damages single Hillsboro apartment
A fire damaged a single detached apartment in Hillsboro Monday evening, July 27, as neighbors tried to put out the flames with garden hoses before firefighters arrived.
No one was injured in the fire, which occurred in the 900 block of Northeast 21st Avenue.
Firefighters were dispatched about 9 p.m. after receiving multiple reports of gray smoke and flames inside the home. The incident was upgraded to a first alarm fire to bring in additional resources.
"Some neighbors attempted to put out the fire using garden hoses while other neighbors tried to alert the residents," read a statement from Hillsboro Fire & Rescue.
A fire engine from Station 5 arrived within four minutes and put out the fire, which had extended into the attic of the apartment.
Crews from Station 2 and Station 6 assisted with fire suppression and search of the homes. Officers with the Hillsboro Police Department assisted with evacuating the affected apartment and occupants of nearby units. All four adults made it out safely, Hillsboro Fire said.
"It was reported that two cats were missing (and) presumed to have escaped out of a back door," Hillsboro Fire said.
A Hillsboro Fire investigator responded to the incident and determined that cause of the fire was improper disposal of smoking materials.
A Hillsboro Fire chaplain responded to provide support to the four adults living in the home and the American Red Cross was dispatched to provide victim assistance.
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