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TVF&R firefighters quickly extinguished a blaze started in a tree and spread to the nearby Carriage Apartments

COURTESY TUALATIN VALLEY FIRE & RESCUE - TVF&R firefighters quickly extinguished a fire that started in a tree and spread to an adjacent apartment complex on Pfaffle Street Thursday. The four families who were displaced are being aided by the American Red Cross. Four families were displaced at a Tigard apartment complex Thursday evening following a fire that began in trees and spread to the adjacent building.

At 8:23 p.m., Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue firefighters were dispatched to a reported tree fire that was spreading to a nearby apartment complex in the 8200 block of Southwest Pfaffle Street.   

Firefighters from Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue Tigard station 51 arrived within a few minutes of dispatch and found several large trees and a fence on fire at the rear of the apartment complex, with fire spreading to the exterior of several adjacent apartments. 

They began aggressive firefighting operations, using hoses from the exterior of the structure to extinguish the fire and keep the fire from spreading to the interior of the adjacent apartment building. According to fire district spokesperson, due to the swift actions of first arriving firefighters, the fire was contained to the exterior of the apartment complex, with only light heat and smoke damage inside four apartment units.

Several large trees, a fence, and a large wood pile at a neighboring property were also damaged in the fire but no injuries were reported.

The four families displaced as a result of the fire were being assisted with temporary housing needs by the American Red Cross. A TVF&R fire investigator responded to the scene to determine the cause of the fire, which is undetermined at this time.

A second alarm initially requested by the incident commander was quickly recalled once firefighters had the fire under control. Firefighters remained on scene for more than two hours, mopping up hot spots and checking for extension. TVF&R was assisted on scene by Lake Oswego Fire Department and the Tigard Police Department.

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