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Fire guts rural Newberg home

Firefighters from Newberg and Dundee respond to one-alarm blaze on North Valley Road


An early morning fire gutted a rural Newberg home Thursday and displaced its six residents.

According to a release from Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue, firefighters responded to reports of a possible fire at 2:30 a.m. this morning at 20800 N.E. North Valley Road to find a home fully engulfed in flame. A homeowner was attempting to move vehicles away from the inferno as well, TVF&R officials said. Residents of the home were alerted to the fire by loud popping sounds, they told fire officials.TVF&R - Little remains of a home in the 20000 block of North Valley Road after an early morning fire Thursday.

Crews of more than 30 firefighters from Newberg and Dundee attacked the aggressive one-alarm fire without the aid of fire hydrants due to the rural location of the home, bringing in water via tanker trucks instead. The blaze was knocked down in about 30 minutes, according to Cassandra Ulven, a public information office for TVF&R. Crews continued to work through the morning to salvage what belongings they could and extinguish any hotspots.

There were no injuries to either the home’s occupants or firefighters battling the blaze, Ulven said, adding that a damage estimate hadn’t been established yet.

A brief investigation at the scene yielded a possible cause of the fire.

“Based on material evidence, burn patterns and information from the residents, I've determined that the accidental fire started outside near a wood deck and quickly spread to the home,” said Chris Mayfield, Newberg fire investigator. “Two possible ignition sources in the area of origin were improperly discarded cigarettes in bark dust and an unattended recreational fire.” The six residents of the home were aided by the American Red Cross, which is assisting them with temporary housing and other essential needs.

The blaze marks one of the first major incidents to be battled by the combined forces of TVF&R and the Newberg Fire Department, who will officially integrate operations Friday as TVF&R will become the official fire and emergency medical service provider for Newberg and the surrounding area. The move came about after the Newberg City Council signed a contract with TVF&R in March to provide fire services for two years. A swearing in ceremony was held Tuesday, installing Mike Duyck as fire chief and recognizing Newberg firefighters as new members of TVF&R, a release said.