A Washington County Sheriff's deputy an off-duty Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue captain were the first to respond to a fire in a home on 92nd Avenue in Tigard today using a garden hose to help battle the blaze.
The deputy was driving along Durham Road when he noticed smoke and reported a working house fire, according to TVF&R officials.
At the same time, a city of Tigard employee was driving by the house and also reported the incident to 911 operators who called out a first-alarm fire to get the needed emergency personnel to the scene. The call also generated the "residential fire" notification though the PulsePoint phone app, which alerted a nearby off-duty TVF&R fire captain who was in the area.
Both the captain and deputy entered the home to make sure no one was inside and began fighting the fire with a garden hose as well.
Fire crews from TVF&R's King City Station No. 35 soon arrived to help extinguish the remaining flames and removed smoke from the home. Firefighters rescued two dogs that were uninjured and happy to be reunited with their owners.
Crews also discovered one cat that required resuscitation efforts. After a few minutes, the cat began breathing on its own and is expected to survive and a neighbor took the cat to a nearby veterinary clinic for further evaluation. According to the fire investigator, the cause of fire appears to be accidental and started on the stovetop in the kitchen. Two occupants and their three pets will be temporarily displaced because of fire and smoke damage. They will stay with neighbors while their home is restored.
The home was not equipped with a residential fire sprinkler system and had only a single smoke detector. Smoke alarms should be placed on every level of your home and in each sleeping area, according to TVF&R officials.
TVF&R was assisted by Lake Oswego Fire Department and Tigard Police. Metro West Ambulance stayed at the scene of the fire in case anyone needed to be transported.
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