Shop destroyed by fire
A one-alarm fire destroyed a metal building housing a contractor's business and a storage unit just north of the Hillsboro Airport early Thursday morning.
No one was injured in the blaze, which broke out about 1:45 a.m. on Dec. 17 at 4700 N.W. Sewell Road, just outside the city limits.
Twenty four firefighters from Washington County Fire District 2 and Hillsboro Fire and Rescue combined forces to fight the fire. When the crew arrived from Hillsboro's Jones Farm Fire Station #5, they found heavy fire already venting through the roof of the 20-foot by 60-foot shop.
There are no water hydrants in that area, so fire crews set up a shuttle to bring water from a hydrant about a quarter mile away at Northwest Evergreen and Northwest Sewell. The crews brought the blaze under control in about 30 minutes, and spent another hour mopping up hot spots.
The building is a total loss. The flames also consumed a flatbed truck and a compact car stored inside the storage unit along with contractor's tools, equipment and supplies in the other half of the building.
Damage estimate is at $75,000. Fire investigators are looking into the cause of the fire.