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Aurora fire crews fight two separate fires over the weekend (Photo) - 11/26/19

Aurora firefighters were busy over the weekend responding to a total of ten emergency calls.  Incidents included medical emergencies, a distressed aircraft, and two working residential structure fires.  

On 11/23/2019 at 2:40pm, METCOM 911 received multiple calls reporting a home on fire on Cessna St NE near the Aurora Airport. Initial reports indicated that a mobile home was on fire and that a person was attempting to control the fire with a garden hose. Fire crews responded from both the Donald and Aurora Fire stations, along with mutual aid from both Canby Fire District and TVF&R. The commanding officer immediately went to a second alarm, requesting additional resources from Hubbard, Woodburn, and St. Paul Fire Districts, including additional water tenders. The Marion County Sheriff’s Office also responded to assist.

Total Units on scene included 5 engines, 4 water tenders, 2 Chiefs and 1 support unit. 

The fire crews worked for 1 ½ hours to extinguish the fire and render it under control. Only one home was damaged by the fire. No injuries were reported. The homeowners dog is still missing.The homeowner and his son are being assisted by the Red Cross. After investigation, the fire was determined to be accidental, caused by an electrical failure.


On 11/24/2019 at 12:41pm METCOM 911 received a 911 call for a fire in a garage. Updates indicated that the fire was actually in an apartment within the detached garage. Aurora Fire was also advised that the homeowner was attempting to extinguish the fire with fire extinguishers. Fire crews responded from both Aurora and Donald Fire stations and were assisted by mutual aid from Hubbard, Woodburn, Canby, and Monitor Fire Districts with Woodburn Ambulance on standby. The commanding officer immediately requested additional water tenders due to the rural response. The fire was quickly extinguished by fire crews and the fire was determined under control within 20 minutes. Crews continued to work to ensure the fire was completely extinguished.

Total Units on scene included 5 fire engines, 5 water tenders, 3 Chiefs and 1 support unit.

The fire crews worked a total of 40 minutes to ensure the fire did not spread throughout the structure and checked for hot spots. No injuries were reported. The apartment was determined to be vacant at the time of the fire so no residents were displaced due to the incident.  

The fire is currently under investigation by the Aurora Fire District, Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office, and the Oregon State Police.

Although nobody was injured in these fires, it was discovered that there were no working smoke detectors in either home.  Aurora Firefighters would like to remind everyone to ensure they have working smoke detectors in your home and check them regularly.

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