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Excuse me: Your fence is on fire

Passerby alerts homeowner to fire on fence outside home

COURTESY PHOTO - A Hillsboro firefighter inspects a fence on Connell Avenue Saturday morning, April 2.A fence fire forced six residents out of their Hillsboro home Saturday morning, April 2.

The blaze at 690 N.W. Connell Ave. heavily damaged the fence and caused minor smoke damage to the home.

Firefighters from Hillsboro Fire and Rescue responded at 8:30 a.m. to a report of a residential fire and upon arrival they found the fence just outside the back door of the home on fire, with flames reaching into a nearby tree.

A search of the home to ensure all occupants and pets were out.

The fire crews contained the fire to the fence and items stored near the fence. The homeowner was alerted to the fire by a passerby knocking on his front door.

He went to the back door, saw flames well above the top of the fence and instructed his wife to call 911 as he got the family out of the house.

After interviewing the homeowner and digging through debris, the fire investigator was unable to determine the cause of the fire.

A total of 17 firefighters from the Hillsboro Fire Department responded to the fire. No one was injured.