The fire erupted just after midnight at a Hall Boulevard apartment complex, all residents evacuated safely.

Eight residents were displaced from a Tigard apartment complex following a fire early Friday morning. Firefighters from Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue responded to a call shortly after midnight in the 11000 block of Southwest Hall Boulevard, according to a news release distributed by TVF&R.

When they arrived, they found heavy smoke and fire coming from two second-story apartments with fire extending to balconies, but residents were able to safely evacuate.

Firefighters were able to knock down the majority of the flames within ten minutes while searching the four units in the building, according to fire officials.

They spent another hour working to put out hot spots in shared wall spaces, salvaging belongings, clearing smoke and assisting the investigator.

While the exact cause of the fire is undetermined, a fire investigator concluded that the fire started in the wall space near a wood stove. Two upper-story apartments sustained considerable fire damage, and the two units below were damaged by water and smoke. The American Red Cross provided support at the scene. All the apartments had working smoke alarms.

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