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Basement damaged in house fire

Residents safe thanks to working smoke alarms


by: TUALATIN VALLEY FIRE & RESCUE - A home on Arbor Way in West Linn sustained heavy damage in a Monday morning fire that broke out in the basement.Firefighters were called to a house fire at 2603 Arbor Way in West Linn at 7:32 a.m. Monday. Crews from the Bolton Station arrived to find heavy black smoke and fire coming from the basement at the rear of the house.

According to Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue, firefighters initiated an aggressive fire attack, keeping the fire contained to the basement and preventing the fire from spreading to the rest of the home.

Crews from Clackamas County Fire District 1 and Lake Oswego assisted firefighters from Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue.

The home was occupied at the time of the fire, and the homeowners said working smoke alarms alerted them to the fire. The homeowners evacuated safely from the house before firefighters arrived and credit the smoke alarm with giving them time to safely exit the home.

The fire caused heavy damage to the basement and its cause is currently under investigation.

Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue reminds residents that a working smoke alarm is the single most important step you can take in your home to ensure that you and your family can safely escape in the event of a house fire. Smoke alarms should be located on each level of your home, and outside of all sleeping areas. Test your smoke alarms monthly to ensure they are working properly.