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Hillsboro police arrest woman, 30, for allegedly starting fire at her own home

Hillsboro Police arrested a 30-year-old woman on arson charges Sunday afternoon.

According to Lt. Mike Rouches, HPD officers responded to a residence fire at 2:05 p.m. Sept. 11 at 650 S.E. 20th Place in Hillsboro along with Hillsboro Fire Department personnel.

When firefighters arrived, they found fire coming from the lower level of a tri-level, wood frame home. Flames had extended into brush behind the home, endangering neighboring structures and vehicles.

COURTESY PHOTO - Hillsboro firefighters brought a residential fire at 650 S.E. 20th Place in Hillsboro under control Sunday afternoon, Sept. 11, and arrested its occupant, 30-year-old Sara N. Brown.The first arriving Hillsboro firefighters began an aggressive attack, stopping the fire in the brush and knocking down the flames in the lower floor from the exterior. As additional engine companies arrived, they entered the home and found extreme heat and flames in the main and upper floors. They were able to knock down the interior fire and cool the structure before a flashover occurred.

Firefighters brought the fire under control within 20 minutes. They spent more than an hour dousing hot spots.

The damage estimate in placed at $130,000. The home suffered extensive fire damage to the west end, which had both upper and lower floors, and extensive smoke and heat damage to the main floor.

Meanwhile, police searched for a female suspect.

Hillsboro police located the suspect nearby and took her into custody. The suspect, identified as Sara N. Brown, age 30, who lives at the location of the fire, was arrested and lodged in the Washington County jail on one count of Arson 1.

No one was in the residence at the time of the fire, no one was injured and the motive is still unknown, Rouches said. The fire is still under investigation by HPD and HFD investigators.