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Fire Damages Home in Cornelius (Photo) - 07/29/20

This morning shortly after 9am, Cornelius Firefighters were dispatch to a reported residential fire located at 307 S 12th Avenue. The first arriving unit arrived a few minutes after being alerted and found smoke coming from the roof line of the structure. They started an attack on the flames on the second floor in one section of the house, but based on smoke conditions, the fire had spread to another section of the attic. Due to the way the house was constructed and divided into two, firefighters couldn't easily access a hidden attic space. Due to this difficulty and warm temperatures, incident command requested a 2nd Alarm be dispatched to bring additional crews to the scene to give 1st Alarm crews a rest. Part of the difficulty was having to access the attic by cutting down very large boards that made up the ceiling in a converted room.

After approximately an hour and a half, the fire was fully extinguished and firefighters put out additional hot spots. The cause of the fire is still under investigation, but is believed to have started in the attic area. No civilians or firefighters were injured on scene.

Cornelius Fire Department reminds everyone to have a working fire alarm in all living areas of your residence.

Cornelius Fire was assisted on scene by Forest Grove Fire & Rescue, Gaston Fire District, Hillsboro Fire & Rescue, Yamhill Fire District, Washington County Sheriffs Office, Cornelius Public Works and Metro West Ambulance.

Scene information:
Engines - 7
Truck - 1
Chiefs - 1

Total Personnel - 32

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