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Fire destroys storage building and backhoe at City of Lake Oswego Fir Lane Property (Photo) - 08/13/19

Early morning on August 13th a passerby called 911 to report a fire on Rosemont Rd. When firefighters arrived, they found that a backhoe had been completely burned and a 30’x30’ storage shed was fully engulfed in flames. Quick action from the firefighters prevented any fire to spread to nearby buildings and a very large wheat field. The property is owned by the City of Lake Oswego and used by the Parks & Recreation department for storage. A backhoe that was parked nearby was completely destroyed as was the storage building with all its contents.

The City owns the property but it is located in the fire response district of Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue. Both Lake Oswego and TVF&R firefighters responded on this fire. Because the location was just outside the city without any hydrants close by, water tenders had to be used to shuttle water which closed Rosemont Road for a little over one hour.

Estimated dollar loss is a total of $365,000 with $145,000 for the backhoe and $225,000 for the building and contents. The area of origin is determined to be in the corner of the property. A stump had been burning for hours but the cause of the stump fire is undetermined.

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