Garage fire causes extensive damage at Lake Oswego property
A fire in the early hours of Tuesday morning, March 30, caused extensive damage at a Lake Oswego home on Westview Court — but firefighters said the end result could have been much worse in the absence of modern homebuilding standards.
"The fire never went beyond the garages," Lake Oswego Fire Marshal Gert Zoutendijk said. "The takeaway, really, is closing doors helps in terms of fire and smoke travel. The fire-rated door between the garage and house worked perfectly."
Still, the fire — which took about seven and a half hours to fully contain according to Zoutendijk — left two garages at the home completely destroyed.
"There's an RV garage, fairly good size, and another (garage) that were a total loss," Zoutendijk said. "The inside garage had a pickup with a camper on top of it, and there was also an SUV in there."
No one was home at the time of the fire and the cause remained unknown as of Tuesday evening.
"When we arrived, there was heavy fire coming from both garages, and we mainly attributed that to the fuel in the vehicles and camper inside," Zoutendijk said. "We definitely did have a challenging time getting it completely out. It started just after 1 a.m. and we didn't leave the scene until 8:30 (a.m.)."
In all, Zoutendijk said the damages amounted to an estimated $130,000. He planned to work with a fire investigator from the home's insurance company throughout the rest of the week to determine a possible cause of the fire.
Zoutendijk added that the home was not vacant, but no one was living there at the time of the fire.
Firefighters have controlled a house fire on Westview Ct. when crews arrived, the house had heavy fire showing from the front. No injuries are reported at this time. @TVFR is assisting on scene. pic.twitter.com/uEICVAcVZP— Lake Oswego Fire (@LakeOswegoFire) March 30, 2021
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