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Firefighters said a baseboard heater appears to have been the cause of the fire on Saturday morning, Jan. 1.

COURTESY PHOTO: HILLSBORO FIRE & RESCUE - Firefighters respond to an apartment fire in Hillsboro on Saturday, Jan. 1. Seventeen people were reportedly unable to return to their homes after the fire, although no injuries were reported.Seventeen Hillsboro residents are out of their homes due to a fire that broke out at an apartment complex on Saturday morning, Jan. 1, according to Hillsboro Fire & Rescue.

The fire agency said crews responded to the blaze at 10:50 a.m. New Year's Day. Hillsboro firefighters and police found that all residents of the complex in the 1100 block of East Main Street in Hillsboro had evacuated safely, but the fire had "fully involved" one apartment and was spreading into at least one other unit.

Hillsboro Fire said it took six minutes to extinguish the fire before crews proceeded to check other units for any indication the fire had spread there.

A fire investigator reportedly concluded that a baseboard heater in a bedroom had caused combustible materials nearby to ignite, starting the fire Saturday morning.

The fire displaced 17 residents. A TriMet bus was diverted to provide temporary shelter and warmth, with temperatures hovering below freezing on Saturday morning, Hillsboro Fire said. The American Red Cross also responded to assist evacuees.

No injuries were reported.

East Main Street was temporarily closed between Southwest 10th and 12th avenues. MAX light rail service was also interrupted.

The Cornelius Fire Department, Forest Grove Fire & Rescue, Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue, Metro West Ambulance and Portland General Electric also responded to the scene.

The apartment blaze was the first of two major fires in Hillsboro within a 24-hour period. Early Sunday morning, Jan. 2, a four-alarm commercial fire broke out in downtown Hillsboro, causing heavy damage to at least one building.


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