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Three-story WL home heavily damaged by fire

No one was injured; fire caused all three floors to partially collapse


Photo Credit: SUBMITTED PHOTO - The fire caused parts of all three floors to collapse. As of Thursday night, the cause and damage estimate was undetermined. A two-alarm fire left a West Linn home severely damaged Thursday afternoon.

At 4:43 p.m., the first of multiple calls came into 9-1-1 from a neighbor reporting thick, black smoke and flames coming from a nearby home. Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue crews arrived to find a three-story home at 22030 Shannon Place fully engulfed with fire burning through the roof and a large column of black smoke.

Crews found fire inside the home burning on the first and second floors, as well as much of the rear of the home. A second alarm response was called to bring additional firefighters and resources to the scene.

Crews confirmed that the residents of the home were away at work, but a family cat was still unaccounted for. As additional crews arrived, the fire had spread to the basement of the home, fully involving every level of the structure.

At about 5:10 p.m., crews reported that parts of the second floor had collapsed, creating instability of the structure. Shortly after, parts of the third and first floor collapsed and crews were immediately ordered out of the home for safety.

The fire continued to rekindle in hot spots and firefighters knocked them down as they discovered them and worked to contain any extension. No other homes or structures were threatened by the fire.

The homeowners arrived to the scene and neighbors reported locating the family cat unharmed. No injuries were reported. More than 70 firefighters responded to the scene to fight this fire.

TVFR investigators are interviewing witnesses and neighbors as well as examining material evidence to determine a cause and damage estimate. The American Red Cross responded to the scene to provide assistance to the home owners.

Photo Credit: SUBMITTED PHOTO - No one was home at the time of the fire, and the family cat was recovered by neighbors.

Photo Credit: SUBMITTED PHOTO - After being forced to leave the inside of the home, firefighters batted down 'hot spots' from outside.

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