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Tigard Target evacuated April 18 due to fire

A fire that started in the restaurant filled the building with smoke
by: Jaime Valdez, READY FOR THE CLEAN-UP – Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue firefighters stand outside the Target store at 9009 S.W. Hall Blvd. on Thursday afternoon after evacuating employees and customers.

TIGARD - Shoppers were evacuated from the Target store at 9009 S.W. Hall Blvd. on the afternoon of Appril 18 after smoke filled the building.

Tualatin Valley Fire and Rescue received a call at 4:06 p.m. and responded to find white and gray smoke from the ceiling down to about 8 feet off the floor.

Crews learned that it was originating in the restaurant area and secured the inside utilities in that area.

They also checked to see if the office above the cooking area was affected.

One crew was sent to the roof to evaluate the HVAC system plus another one inside.

Ladders were used to open the return vent at the location of the charring, and ceiling tiles were pulled in several areas to evaluate the extension of the fire.

The vent system was reversed remotely once firefighters determined that the fire had not spread.

Fans were set up to draw air out of the structure, and the building was checked for carbon monoxide.

Crews turned the scene over to the duty investigator, all the companies returned to their stations, and the command was terminated.