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Tigard apartment fire displaces four


Investigators say cause was likely electrical in nature

by: TVF&R - Fire crews extinguished an apartment fire at Canterbury Apartments, Friday eveningby: TVF&R - The fire spread to three apartment units before fire crews were able to extinguish the blaze. Investigators say the electrical fire spread through a shared attic-space.Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue believe they have determined the cause of an apartment fire that burned three units and sent four people from their homes on Friday evening.

Fire crews first responded to the fire at Canterbury Terrace apartments, 14130 S.W. 105th Ave., at about 6 p.m.

No one was injured in the blaze, said Cassanda Ulven, a spokeswoman with the fire district.

Ulven said the the fire was most likely electrical in nature, according to burn patterns and interviews with tenants.

The case is still under investigation, Ulven said, and more information is expected to be released today.

The fire spread through a shared attic space in the old apartment building, Ulven said.

“The apartments are older in their construction, and they don’t have fire blocking in the attic,” Ulven said. “That’s part of the reason why the fire spread so quickly.”

The three units were heavily damaged by the fire, smoke or water and Ulven said that the damage was estimated at about $76,000.

The fire was briefly upgraded to a two-alarm fire, Ulven said. Fire crews were able to extinguish the blaze in about 35 minutes.

American Red Cross volunteers provided food, lodging, comfort kits and information about mental health and disaster health services to the four people displaced by the fire.