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News Release
Fire damage inside the garage
Fire damage inside the garage
Quick thinking resident minimizes fire spread (Photo) - 10/03/22

At 4:00 AM this morning, a resident at 141 NE 40th Ave smelled smoke from his home but couldn’t immediately locate the source. As he opened the garage door, black smoke billowed into the home. Acting quickly, he closed the door and evacuated himself and his family outside. The resident called 911 from safely outside. The call was dispatched as a first alarm residential fire.

The first arriving fire unit reported heavy black smoke pouring out from the garage and roof eaves. Firefighters made a quick entry into the garage area to locate and extinguish the fire. Firefighters searched the home and confirmed that both residents and their two dogs safely escaped the fire and no one else was found inside the structure. The two residents were assessed by paramedics and no injuries were reported.

A chaplain was dispatched to the incident to provide comfort and care to the residents and connect the residents with victim support services. 

A fire investigator is working to determine the cause of the fire. 

Hillsboro Fire & Rescue reminds you that working smoke alarms save lives. It’s recommended that one be placed in each bedroom and one on each floor of your home. Remember, once you are safely out of your home, stay out and call 911 from a safe place outside the home. 

Hillsboro Fire & Rescue was assisted at the fire by Hillsboro Police, MetroWest Ambulance, NW Natural, and Portland General Electric.  Thanks to Tualatin Valley Fire and Rescue for providing coverage at our fire stations during the incident. 


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