One person hospitalized after early-morning blaze
Two cats found dead after blaze extinguished, TVF&R says.
One person is in the hospital after a fire broke out in a Tigard home early Friday morning.
According to Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue, firefighters were called to a home in the 12000 block of SW 124th Avenue in Tigard at about 3:30 a.m., June 17.
When crews arrived, they found heavy smoke and flames coming out the front window.
Two residents in the home were able to escape. Both suffered minor burns and smoke inhalation.
Paramedics assessed the two patients. One was taken to an area hospital for treatment, according to TVF&R.
Firefighters were able to get the fire under control quickly, though it was upgraded to a second alarm, due to concerns about nearby homes, as well as trees and brush which could have helped the fire spread.
During a search of the home after the fire was put out, firefighters found three cats inside. Two had perished in the fire.
The home was heavily damaged in the fire. TVF&R said in a statement that because the home had working smoke alarms.
Crews remain on scene. A fire investigator is working to determine the cause of the blaze.
Disaster responders with the American Red Cross' Cascades Region are assisting the two residents. According to the Red Cross, the organization is providing temporary housing, food, clothing, comfort kits, information about recovery services, and health and mental health services.
Editor's Note: This story has been updated with new information from Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue and the American Red Cross Cascades Region.