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Friday morning fire destroys Helvetia barn
Fire investigators are still looking into what caused a fire that destroyed a barn along West Union Road at about 11 a.m., Friday morning.
According to Hillsboro Fire & Rescue, firefighters from three local fire departments responded after a blaze erupted from the structure in 23000 block of West Union Road at about 11:20 a.m., Friday, Aug. 26.
When firefighters arrived, they found heavy pressurized black smoke coming from inside the barn, flames showing from the front, and someone inside the barn attempting to extinguish the fire and remove items, a spokesman for the department said.
The man was evacuated as crews began to attack the fire. A neighbor was transported to a local hospital after inhaling smoke.
Firefighters from Hillsboro Fire and Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue, as well as the Banks Fire Department helped put out the blaze, lending additional firefighters and water tenders to the scene.
The area does not have a water provider, Hillsboro Fire officials said, so firefighters had to shuttle water in from nearby.
It took four fire engines, a ladder truck, three water tenders and more than 25 firefighters to bring the blaze under control.
The barn was destroyed, as well as several pieces of equipment and tools that were stores inside.
The cause of the fire remains unknown and a damage estimate has not been released.
West Union Road was closed for hours due to the fire.
This story will be updated as more information becomes available.
By Geoff Pursinger
Associate Editor, Hillsboro Tribune
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