Beaverton apartment fire displaces four families but injures none
A Wednesday afternoon apartment fire near Southridge High School in south Beaverton displaced four families, but firefighters on the scene reported that no one was injured in the blaze.
Dispatchers received multiple reports of flames and black smoke coming out the windows of a fourplex apartment building on 12270 S.W. Gingham Lane at 1:53 p.m. Wednesday, March 18.
Within five minutes, firefighters from Tualatin Valley Fire and Rescue's Station 66 arrived to find heavy fire and pressurized smoke coming from the front door and eves of the building. Firefighters quickly identified that the bulk of the fire was coming from the kitchen in one of the lower units. They were able to bring the fire under control within 18 minutes.
Searches confirmed that all residents were accounted for, and there were no reported injuries. Four families were displaced and are being assisted by the American Red Cross.
TVF&R does not yet know how the fire started, but an investigator is examining material evidence and conducting witness interviews. Fire crews were assisted by Beaverton Police, who conducted traffic control.