Resident escapes unharmed when morning fire damages home
Cause of blaze that caused $250,000 in damage is under investigation
A Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue investigator is working to determine the cause of a fire that engulfed a Beaverton residence early Tuesday morning, displacing an adult resident and his pet and causing approximately $250,000 in damages.
A woman described hearing what she thought was thunder and awoke around 6:20 a.m. to find her neighbor's wood shake roof in the 6200 block of Southwest Timberland Place ablaze and black smoke billowing from the rear of the home. She quickly called 911 as multiple additional calls came in from other neighbors and passing cars.
The first TVF&R crews arrived to find black smoke coming from the front of the home and flames coming from the roof and rear of the home.
With help from personnel from Brockman Station 66, crews initiated an immediate attack on the fire, extinguishing it within 10 minutes, said Cassandra Ulven, a TVF&R spokeswoman. Additional crews performed a thorough search of the home and confirmed the resident had exited safely. One pet remains missing, but crews did not find any indication the pet was inside.
Crews were advised that a ground-level back deck had collapsed due to fire damage, but no one was injured. Given that nearby homes also had wood shake roofs, crews worked to protect nearby homes from any fire spread and no other homes were affected.
Approximately 24 firefighters fought the fire with assistance from TVF&R volunteers and Beaverton police.
The American Red Cross is assisting the displaced resident.