Home fires keep Boring firefighters busy during New Years season

Two people from an Eagle Creek family quickly called 9-1-1 and left their two-story home just before 6 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 3, when they heard what they called a “pop.” They escaped the building without any injuries.

Very soon, black smoke began to fill the second floor of the home, located in the 24000 block of Filbert Road.

Responding to their second residential fire in just four days, Boring firefighters received assistance from their counterparts at the Sandy and Estacada fire stations.

When the 17 firefighters, three command staff and five pieces of firefighting equipment arrived, they found heavy black smoke billowing from upstairs windows, said Tammy Owen, spokeswoman for Boring Fire.

“The crews quickly went to work to extinguish the fire and clear out the smoke,” Owen said.

Boring Fire Marshal Pat Bigelow investigated the incident and said he was unable to determine the cause of the fire until he receives a report from an insurance investigator.

The fire was contained mainly in two second-floor rooms, Bigelow said, which included a large room for sewing and quilting.

The “pop” that family members heard before they saw the smoke, Bigelow said, was likely an overheated aerosol can.

Bigelow estimated the damage was at least $100,000 for the building and $50,000 for the contents.

The family’s four cats were able to escape the building and were kept safe.

Prior to the two structure fires last week, Bigelow said Boring firefighters haven’t had to respond to a significant building fire for about two years.

Local residents should have working smoke detectors on every level of their home, Owen said, as well as detectors immediately outside all sleeping areas. Detectors should be tested monthly.

For more information on fire safety, call Owen at 503-663-4638.

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