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Nobody found in converted house after blaze in garage was extinguished


Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue investigators determined a fire on Saturday that damaged a garage in a converted house that contains a Beaverton counseling and mental health services agency was deliberately set.

An alert passerby called 911 on Saturday morning at 8:23 a.m. to report smoke coming from the roof of the building that houses Center for Behavioral Intervention at 4345 S.W. 109th Ave., in Beaverton. The business is located in a residential house that was converted for commercial use.

TVF&R firefighters from nearby Beaverton stations arrived and initiated a search of the structure. The source of the fire was isolated to the garage, which was being used for storage. Firefighters were able to extinguish the fire relatively quickly, TVF&R officials reported. After completing primary and secondary searches of the structure, firefighters determined there was nobody inside.

After a subsequent investigation, a TVF&R investigator determined the fire was intentionally set. TVF&R and Washington County Sheriff's Office deputies continue to investigate the incident. A damage estimate has not yet been determined.

TVF&R officials said the fire is a reminder to remain alert to your surroundings and report any suspicious activity, smoke or fire by calling 911.