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Hillsboro family displaced by Sunday fire

Photo Credit: HILLSBORO FIRE & RESCUE - The contents of this Hillsboro garage were heavily damaged by a fire on Nov. 30.A Hillsboro father and his two children are staying with neighbors after a Sunday fire heavily damaged their home.

According to Hillsboro Fire and Rescue, the blaze broke out about 3:15 p.m. on Nov. 30 at 5320 S.E. Hacienda Street. Henry Spahn, 35, told investigators he and his two children, ages seven and 11, were in the home when a neighbor banged on their front door telling them the garage was on fire.

Spahn said he evacuated his two children and then returned to fight the fire with a fire extinguisher. He suffered minor injuries but declined all medical treatment. There were no other injuries.

When firefighters from the Brookwood Fire Station #2 arrived, they found the garage fully engulfed in flames with heavy smoke coming from the eaves. Crews attacked the fire and brought it under control in 12 minutes. In all, 22 firefighters from the Hillsboro Fire Department and Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue fought the blaze.

The fire caused heavy damage to the garage, along with some damage in the attic area. There was moderate smoke damage throughout the house.

The preliminary damage estimate is $60,000. A fire investigator is interviewing witnesses and examining the evidence at the scene to try and determine the cause.

Although the family had no renters insurance, much of their furnishings and personal effects will be salvageable.