A four-alarm fire heavily damaged a commercial building in Hillsboro early Sunday. It happened less than 24 hours after an apartment fire that displaced 17 people.
Shortly after 3 a.m. on Jan. 2, Hillsboro firefighters responded to what was initially a three-alarm commercial fire at Northeast Second Avenue and Main Street. Within half an hour, the blaze had fully involved the building.
By 4:12 a.m., the fire was upgraded to a fourth alarm. Two blocks around the area were closed as crews continued to attack it.
Crews from Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue, the Cornelius Fire Department, Forest Grove Fire & Rescue, and Portland Fire & Rescue and Washington County law enforcement officers all responded to assist.
Firefighters were on the scene working to prevent any extension for several hours.
By about 7:20 a.m., Hillsboro Fire said most of the blaze was knocked down but crews were still extinguishing hot spots.
According to TVF&R, no injuries have been reported. The cause of the fire is under investigation.
Up to 25 businesses may have been harmed.
According to the Hillsboro Water Department, nearby residents may experience some water discoloration and low water pressure as a result of the firefighting efforts. Once the fire is extinguished, residents are advised to run cold water taps for 10 minutes.
Around 10:55 a.m. the day before, Hillsboro Fire and Rescue responded to the fire on East Main Street near 12th Avenue. A total of 17 people were left without homes after flames damaged three apartment units, according to fire officials.
No injuries were reported among the victims.
Hillsboro Mayor Steve Callaway issued a statement that referenced both fires and said:
"Our hearts go out to the families and all of the Main Street businesses affected by the fires. We and the community are here to support them in their recovery. In both fires, our firefighters did remarkable work. They stopped the apartment fire from spreading to other units. Their efforts to keep the Main Street fire from spreading was flat-out amazing. And it was a team effort with not only Hillsboro Fire & Rescue firefighters, but also our partners from neighboring agencies: Banks, Cornelius, Forest Grove, Gaston, Portland Fire, and Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue.
"We are also grateful for our partnerships with NW Natural, PGE, the Red Cross, TriMet, and others whose help allowed us to respond to both of these emergencies and support those affected."
This is a developing story and will be updated when more information is released.
KOIN 6 News, a news partner of Pamplin Media Group, contributed to this report.
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