Newberg home severely damaged by fire
A Newberg home was severely damaged by fire Monday afternoon, rendering the building uninhabitable.
At around 4 p.m. Monday an off-duty Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue firefighter noticed smoke coming from a home on Northeast Sunny Acres Lane, according to a press release. The firefighter stopped and confirmed there was a fire and called for backup. The firefighter's battalion chief arrived at the scene and immediately upgraded the fire to a second alarm to ensure sufficient resources were dispatched.
The family was not home at the time of the fire. While searching the home, crews were able to save two dogs and one cat. However, a second cat died in the fire.
Crews at the scene used aggressive fire attack methods. However, because of a lack of hydrants crews had to shuttle water to the scene. The blaze took over an hour to extinguish because it had quickly spread through the home.
The house experienced significant fire, smoke and water damage and is not inhabitable, the press release said. The family has arranged temporary housing through their insurance company while the home undergoes restoration work.
Crews determined the most likely cause of the fire was accidental and began in the air filtration system of the home's HVAC unit. The home was not equipped with sprinklers, which can reduce the likelihood of injuries or damage.
TVF&R was assisted by fire departments from Dundee, Carlton, Dayton, Gaston, McMinnville and the Yamhill Fire Protection District. Yamhill County Public Works assisted with traffic control to ensure the safety of the scene.