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Toaster blamed for Happy Valley fire

Family dog spared injury among extensive damage
by: Clackamas Fire District No. 1 A toaster likely caused this extensive damage to a kitchen in Happy Valley on Tuesday morning.

Investigators are fairly certain that a plugged-in toaster failed and caused extensive damage throughout the rest of a Happy Valley home.

Clackamas Fire District No. 1 crews were called to 13750 S.E. 139th Ave., Tuesday, Oct. 11, at 7:13 a.m. A neighbor had called 9-1-1 to report that he say smoke coming from the house behind him. When the first engine company arrived they found smoke coming from the second story windows and heavy smoke and high heat after gaining access through the front door.

It took several minutes for crews to find the seat of the fire and extinguish it due to the blinding smoke.

A truck company was sent to the roof to ventilate the second story by cutting a hole in the roof. This helped clear the house of the intense heat and smoke so interior crews could complete a search of the home.

No one was home at the time of the fire except the family dog that firefighters took from the garage and put into a cage in the backyard. It was not injured.

It took just under 30 minutes to get the fire under control. Crews did continue working for nearly another hour putting out hot spots and covering belongings. It appears that the fire started in the kitchen and did not make its way to any other part of the home thanks to the keen eye of the neighbor. Overall damage estimates are unknown at this time.

"Always unplug counter top appliances after use to keep this type of tragedy from happening to you," said Steve McAdoo, public information officer for the fire district. "Remember to always have working smoke alarms in your home, on every level of your home and outside of sleeping areas."

There were many working smoke alarms throughout the home in this case.