North Plains couple, dogs, escape early morning house fire
A couple and their three dogs escaped unharmed from a one-alarm house fire in North Plains early this morning.
The blaze was reported to 9-1-1 dispatchers at 12:45 a.m. and the first engine company to arrive from the North Plains Station #17 found heavy smoke coming from the front door and windows of the two-story home, located at 10105 N.W. 313th Ave.
Firefighters quickly mounted an attack against the extensive flames that they discovered on the first floor of the structure.
Firefighters from Hillsboro Fire & Rescue and Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue arrived to assist as the fire spread to the second story of the home. Due to the balloon construction of the structure the fire traveled inside the walls to the attic space, where firefighters focused their efforts until the fire was extinguished.
Justin Sorensen, 32, told investigators he and his wife noticed flames on the first floor of the house and evacuated immediately, calling 9-1-1 once they were safely outside.
Fire investigators have interviewed the homeowner and are working to determine the cause of the fire.
No damage estimates were available.
The couple and their dogs will be staying with neighbors tonight, officials said.
Thirty firefighters from Washington County Fire District 2, Hillsboro Fire & Rescue and TVF&R responded to the fire. No injuries were reported.
County Fire District 2 officials reminded citizens to evacuate immediately if they suspect fire and call 9-1-1 once safely outside. Once outside, they said, don't go back in.
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