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Two home fires in a week keep firefighters busy

Two serious house fires in Hillsboro last week resulted in one man going to the hospital with burns to his arms and, in another case, displaced a Hillsboro family after a fire broke out in a utility room.

The first fire was reported on Wednesday, March 27. In that incident, firefighters responded to 851 N.W. 229th Ave. after getting the emergency dispatcher’s call at 7:30 p.m.

When firefighters from Hillsboro Fire & Rescue arrived, they found smoke coming from the garage and smoke inside the multi-story unit. They attacked the flames and brought the fire under control in less than 10 minutes.

Aaron Hanson, 31, his wife and four children — ages 3 to 11 — were home at the time, but all residents evacuated safely.

Hanson told investigators he and his wife smelled smoke, went downstairs to investigate and found flames in the utility room. When the smoke entered their house, the smoke alarms began sounding and everyone escaped the house unhurt.

The fire caused about $8,000 in damage to the duplex. Much of the living area suffered smoke damage, and officials reported that the family will be staying with relatives for the immediate future.

Fire investigators are looking at the utility room and the appliances in an attempt to determine the cause of the fire.

Less than two days later, a Hillsboro man received significant burn injuries in a kitchen fire on Friday, March 29.

Just before 10:30 a.m. that day, firefighters from Hillsboro Fire & Rescue were dispatched to the Lions Gate Apartments in Hillsboro. When firefighters arrived, they found an extinguished kitchen fire in one of the apartments and a resident with burn injuries.

The resident, a man in his 30s, was transported by Metro West Ambulance for treatment. Emergency officials did not release the man’s name.

Hillsboro fire investigator John Rinier determined the Lions Gate fire was caused by a pot of cooking oil left unattended on a stove. The pot caught fire, and as the flaming pot was being moved from the stove, burning oil spilled on the floor and nearby cabinets, catching them on fire.

The burns to the resident were caused by contact with the burning oil. The injured man’s wife used a home fire extinguisher to put out the fire on the floor and cabinets.

Damage to the kitchen was estimated at approximately $5,000.



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