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Fire, gunshots bring police and firefighters to Beaverton neighborhood

One house is damaged by fire; police checking bullet holes in home nearby
by: Submitte photo, A house on Southwest Nehalem Lane was damaged by fire Tuesday morning. Beaverton police checking reports of gunfire in the area found bullet holes in another house across the street.

Beaverton police are investigating several bullet holes found this morning in a house on Southwest Nehalem Lane as Tualatin Valley Fire and Rescue firefighters battled a blaze in another house across the street.

Firefighters were called at about 9:40 this morning to 6605 S.W. Nehalem Lane, where they found heavy smoke and fire coming from one of the homes.

Six crews from Beaverton, Cooper Mountain and Aloha stations were called to the fire. On the way, they were told that Beaverton police were headed to the neighborhood to investigate reports of gunfire in the area.

When firefighters arrived they found heavy fire and smoke coming from the front door of the two-story, split-level home. They began battling the fire at the front door and second story of the home, while a second crew entered the garage to attack fire in the basement of the home.

Other crews used ladders to get into the second story and fight the fire from there.

Firefighters had the blaze under control in 12 minutes.

Information on the home's occupants is unknown. The fire remains under investigation.

Beaverton police officers also are looking into several bullet holes found in the exterior of the home at 6600 S.W. Nehalem Lane, directly across the street from the house that was on fire.

Police don't know if the two incidents are linked.