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Beaverton Fourplex Destroyed by Fire (Photo) - 08/29/19

Just after 2:30a.m. this morning, several callers to 9-1-1 reported seeing significant fire engulfing a building in the 13000 block of SW 17th Street in Beaverton. First-arriving firefighters began to aggressively fight the fire from the ground and from aerial ladders. The fire occurred where many fourplexes and multi-family homes are closely located.

In addition to the normal hazards present at a large fire, a lightning and thunderstorm raged in the background. The incident commander called a second alarm to bring additional resources to the scene.

Though firefighters were able to keep the fire from spreading to nearby buildings, all units in the fourplex were destroyed. Eleven people have been displaced. The American Red Cross is assisting some of the affected residents. Though there are no known injuries, structural instability is preventing firefighters from safely searching. It’s expected the building will be stabilized and a search will occur in daylight.

It’s unclear where or how the fire started, but a fire investigator is on scene. The investigator will be conducting witness interviews and examining material evidence throughout the day. It’s unknown whether there were working smoke alarms in the buildings. They were not equipped with residential fire sprinkler systems.

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TVF&R Staffs Additional Units due to Weather Conditions (Photo) - 08/27/19

Earlier today, Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue firefighters quickly extinguished a brush fire near Tualatin at Highway 99W and Cipole Road. TVF&R also added more response units to its system based on the current weather pattern and the higher potential for outdoor fires. 

During structure fires when outside temperatures are high, additional firefighters are needed to ensure enough rotations for the safety of responding crews.

The current heat and humidity this region is experiencing increases the potential for severe wildland fires, enhanced structural fires, and concern for the health of community members and first responders. Temperature highs are expected to be in the upper 90s, and a red flag warning was issued for the region.  

TVF&R has added additional brush units to its system today. They have been strategically located throughout TVF&R’s service area. These units are specially designed to make quick access to fields and wooded areas and carry equipment to make aggressive attacks on wildland fires.

TVF&R will be monitoring the weather forecast throughout the day. If the weather forecast shows a similar weather pattern for tomorrow, the District could continue staffing these brush units.

How does TVF&R prepare for wildfires?

  • Most fire departments in this region have specialized wildfire equipment and tools.
  • In light of the large amount of “interface” area it protects, TVF&R has taken aggressive steps to prepare for a wildfire. 
    • Every apparatus in the District carries wildfire equipment and tools in addition to specialized wildfire apparatus and the use of water tenders to shuttle water to a location with no fire hydrants.
    • Firefighters continually participate in specialized training exercises in preparation for wildfire season.

 

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