Firefighters don't have far to go to apartment complex that borders station property

by: COURTESY OF TUALATIN VALLEY FIRE & RESCUE - CLOSE TO HOME - King City firefighter John Sconce (left) kneels to don his breathing apparatus prior to advancing a hose line at the burning garage units at the Riverwood Apartments at the intersection of 99W and Fischer Road across from King City.At 8:15 a.m. on June 6, Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue responded to multiple 9-1-1 calls reporting flames and heavy black smoke coming from a row of eight attached garages at the Riverwood Heights Apartments,12070 S.W. Fischer Road.

Several callers also indicated that the fire had spread to nearby trees.

Fortunately, TVF&R Station 35 is located right next door to the complex, and upon arrival, firefighters determined that fire had spread up the back side of one of the garages and extended into the shared attic space.

They initiated an aggressive fire attack and forced entry into five of the eight units to ensure that the fire had not spread farther and to minimize damage to the contents although one vehicle sustained minor damage due to heat exposure, according to a TVF&R press release.

The eight garages were freestanding and not attached to any apartment homes, so the damage was isolated to the garages.

The fire was determined to be under control within approximately 10 minutes of firefighters' arrival.

"We arrived first and had a fast initial knockdown thanks to quick reporting by citizens and a PGE worker at the adjoining substation," said Station 35 Capt. Troy Spisla.

There were no injuries reported.

A Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue investigator remained on scene to determine the cause of the fire and later stated that the cause was undetermined.

The estimated dollar loss resulting from the fire was approximately $10,500.

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