House fire kills dog, displaces family in Washington County
Firefighters responded early Saturday morning, Sept. 12, to a house fire in the 14000 block of Todd Street in unincorporated Washington County.
According to Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue, multiple 911 calls were made just after 5 a.m. reporting the house on fire. Due to multiple reports coming in for the same location, the fire was immediately upgraded to a first alarm to bring in adequate resources.
The battalion chief first arrived on scene to find heavy smoke and flames throughout the house.
"Additional incoming crews immediately began aggressive fire attack measures and were able to extinguish the fire in approximately 20 minutes," said Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue in a statement.
TVF&R added that two residents were able to safely evacuate.
One dog escaped the house and was found shortly afterward by a Washington County Sheriff's Office deputy, according to the department.
"Unfortunately, a second dog perished in the fire," TVF&R said. "Our hearts are broken for the owners who lost their pet family member."
The house is a complete loss and the two residents and dog are displaced. TVF&R says the residents declined Red Cross assistance and will be staying with friends or family.
The cause of the fire is under investigation.
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