Tigard-area woman dies in early morning fire
(This updates a previous version of this story with the fire victim's name and a corrected age.)
A 68-year-old Tigard-area woman lost her life last week in an early-morning duplex fire.
The fire was called in at 6:45 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 20, after residents reported dark smoke and flames coming from one side of a duplex located in the 9000 block of SW 91st Avenue in unincorporated Washington County.
Firefighters from TVF&R's Progress fire station arrived within four minutes of being dispatched and quickly began to douse flames while searching for a female occupant, who was found dead.
Her brother, who lived with her, survived and was able to escape. He was treated for smoke inhalation.
She was later identified as Lauren Pierce, who lived at the residence.
The occupant of the neighboring unit was unharmed but was displaced due to smoke and water damage. A TVF&R chaplain is supporting residents and neighbors after the traumatic event.
A fire investigator determined the origin of the fire was in a bedroom but a cause has yet to be determined, according to fire officials.
Washington County Sheriff's Office is supporting the investigation and provided traffic control during the fire. A Washington County medical examiner will verify the cause of death, which could take a month or longer, officials said.
Firefighters did not hear smoke alarms when they entered the home and it did not have a fire sprinkler system.