Firefighters extinguished the flames and no injuries were reported
Tualatin Valley Fire and Rescue workers battled a two-alarm fire at a two-story home on the 3400 block of Barrington Drive this afternoon.
The homeowner arrived home to discover the fire at 3:35 p.m. As the woman evacuated and called 9-1-1, neighbors were also calling to report dark smoke billowing from the second story. Nearby firefighters from TVFR's Station 59 in Willamette could see a column of smoke from a half-mile away.
As soon as the crew on Engine 59 arrived, they accessed a nearby hydrant to start attacking the fire from the outside while waiting for additional TVFR resources, as well as units from neighboring Lake Oswego Fire Department and Clackamas Fire District No. 1.
After forty minutes of intense work, firefighters extinguished the fire.
Based on the size of the fire and the threat to nearby homes, fire commanders called a second alarm to summon additional resources. Within five minutes of spraying water at the bulk of the fire from outside the home, crews were able to get inside to target areas burning most intensely.
Additional crews secured utilities and ventilated the fire, which had breached the roof, while other firefighters worked to salvage valuable belongings as the fire continued to burn within walls and void spaces.
At this time, firefighters continue to mop up and check for hot spots. A fire investigator will be conducting witness interviews. Once smoke is clear and the structure of the home is deemed safe, the investigator will also examine material evidence and burn patterns to discern the cause and origin of the fire.
There were no injuries as a result of the fire, but a neighbor was treated by firefighter paramedics for an unrelated medical problem.