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Tigard fire displaces two

SUBMITTED PHOTO - Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue crews have extinguished a housefire in the 11000 block of Southwest 126th Place in TigardFirefighters have extinguished a fire that burned a two-story home in Tigard on Monday evening.

Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue responded to a house fire at 6 p.m., Monday, Jan. 4.

A witness reported flames coming from the side of her neighbor's two-story home in the 11000 block of Southwest 126th Place in Tigard.

Crews extinguished the burning siding in less than ten minutes. Fire climbed into the attic through vents, according to TVF&R, but Firefighters were able to keep the fire from spreading to an adjacent home.

Firefighters were able to spare most of the owners' belongings, but TVF&R said that fire, water and smoke caused approximately $50,000 of damage,

No one was injured in the blaze. Two people were displaced as a result of the fire.

A fire investigator has determined the accidental fire was caused by fireplace ashes that had been placed in a plastic recycling bin stored next to the home.

"With the cold temperatures, a lot of people are using their fireplaces and wood stoves," said TVF&R spokeswoman Cassandra Ulven. "Just like proper disposal of charcoal briquettes in summer, we encourage people to dispose of fireplace and wood stove ashes in a metal container with a lid. Also be sure to keep discarded ashes away from any combustibles. Ashes can smolder for days and pose a danger even when you think they're cold."