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Five escape Tigard house fire

Photo Credit: TVF&R - Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue crews say a fire in a Tigard garage likely started from smoking marterials that were not properly disposed of. When firefighters arrived at the home on Wrightwood Court, the garage was ablaze, the house was filled with smoke, and one of the occupants was still inside.

That was the scene Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue crews from King City and Tigard found when they arrived at 13600 S.W. Wrightwood Court at about 11 p.m., Sunday night.

According to the agency, five people fled the home after smoke began billowing into the house from the attached garage. The residents all made it out of the house safely before firefighters arrived, but one resident reportedly raced back inside the smoke-filled home. When firefighters arrived they conducted a search and rescue of the house and found the resident, who was treated for smoke inhalation at the scene.

Other firefighters quickly put out the fire, which was contained to the garage, said TVF&R spokeswoman Alisa Cour. No other injuries were reported.

According to TVF&R fire investigators, the fire likely started because a cigarette was not disposed of properly.

In a statement, TVF&R said that smoking materials such as cigarettes should be smothered with water in a metal container after use.

The agency also said that should a fire break out, residents should evacuate as quickly as possible.

“In the event of a fire it's important to get out, stay out, and call 911,” agency said.

No information was released as to why the resident ran back into the home. TVF&R said it had no estimate for how much damage the fire caused, but said that the Red Cross was not called and that the family was still able to live in the home.

This story will be updated as new information becomes available.

By Geoff Pursinger
email: gpursinger@commnewspapers.com
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