Fire burns two homes in Tualatin
Two houses and three sheds were seriously damaged by a residential fire that temporarily shut down several streets in the Martinazzi Woods neighborhood of Tualatin on Friday, Nov. 1, according to local fire and law enforcement officials.
Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue, assisted by the Tualatin Police Department, responded to the blaze Friday morning in the 8700 block of Southwest Nisqually Court at about 9:20 a.m.
"Firefighters have also searched homes to ensure no (one's) inside," TVF&R said in a Twitter post at 9:50 a.m. "No known injuries."
Police blocked off streets around the area, closing roads at the intersection of Southwest 90th Avenue and Shoshone Drive, 90th Avenue and Avery Street, and Avery Street and Shoshone Drive. They have since reopened.
The fire was originally believed to have spread to a third home, but TVF&R said Friday afternoon it had only affected two houses as well as three sheds.
Shortly after 10 a.m., TVF&R spokeswoman Cassandra Ulven said the fire had been brought under control.
"It looks like everything's knocked down now, and they're just working to extinguish hotspots," Ulven said.
Ulven said a 9-1-1 call alerting emergency responders to the fire was placed as the fire was seen to spread from one home to the other, so by the time firefighters arrived on the scene, multiple structures were involved.
The fire apparently started in a shed, then spread to a nearby shed, and then jumped to the two homes and a third shed, TVF&R said.
Fire investigators believe a heat lamp in a chicken coop adjacent to one of the sheds started the fire.
No one was injured in the fire, as bystanders reportedly alerted the houses' occupants, allowing them to evacuate safely. However, the two affected families are unable to return to their homes at this point, TVF&R said.
Editor's note: This story has been updated with more information from Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue, including to correct the earlier reported detail about the number of houses affected by the fire.
By Mark Miller
Washington County Editor
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