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Monday morning fire damages Rock Creek home

The home's lone occupant is uninjured in the fire

COURTESY TVF&R - This image shows the damage to the garage and living areas of a Rock Creek home on Northwest Metolius Court that was caused by a Monday morning fire.There were no injuries reported in a fire that broke out in an early Monday morning fire in the Rock Creek area.

Just after 4 a.m. Monday, Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue crews were dispatched to a report of a residential fire in the 4400 block of Northwest Metolius Court in the Rock Creek neighborhood of unincorporated Washington County.

Firefighters from nearby fire station 64 arrived within minutes and encountered heavy fire from the garage area of the home, with fire spreading to the living area and attic of the residence. The single occupant of the home was outside when firefighters arrived and confirmed that no one else was inside. The occupant reported that she was awoken by the smell of smoke and popping noises in the residence, and went downstairs where she discovered the fire. After exiting the residence, the homeowner attempted to extinguish the flames using a garden hose, but her efforts were unsuccessful.

It took firefighters about 40 minutes to control the blaze. Crews from TVFR were assisted on scene by firefighters from Hillsboro Fire and Rescue.

TVF&R reminds homeowners that they should ensure their home has working smoke alarms on each level, and outside all sleeping areas. While this homeowner was awoken by the smell of smoke, that is often not the case for fire victims who succumb to smoke inhalation in their sleep. TVF&R would like to remind residents that it is usually the smoke that kills, not the flames from fire.

A TVF&R fire investigator remained on scene as of 8:30 a.m. to determine the cause of the fire. There are no damage estimates available at this time.

For more information about smoke alarm placement and fire safety, go to tvfr.com/index.aspx?nid=140.