Hillsboro family displaced by garage fire
Three resident of a Hillsboro home were forced out garage fire heavily damaged it. They are temporarily residing with residents.
No one was hurt in the fire, which happened at 20825 N.W. Hodes Drive.
When Hillsboro Fire and Rescue responded at 4:02 p.m. on Jan. 16, they found heavy smoke coming from the top of the garage door of the two-story home and black smoke from floor to ceiling in the living room.
Firefighters quickly attacked the flames and conducted a complete search of the home to ensure all occupants and pets were out. Crews contained the fire to the garage and brought the fire under control in about 25 minutes.
The home's smoke alarms alerted the residents to the fire allowing them to safely make their way outside and call 9-1-1. Four cats recovered from the home died, despite firefighter's efforts to resuscitate them.
A total of 22 firefighters from the HFR and Tualitan Valley Fire & Rescue responded to the fire. Investigators are interviewing witnesses and working to determine the cause of the fire. They credit working smoke alarms with the safe evacuation of the family.