Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue investigates cause of Beaverton blaze

by: SUBMITTED PHOTO: TVF&R - Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue fire investigators are looking into what caused this vehicle to catch fire Tuesday morning in a Beaverton apartment complex parking lot.An investigation continues into a Tuesday morning vehicle fire that spread to a Beaverton apartment building and displaced five residents.

At 11:40 a.m., Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue crews from Station 67 in downtown Beaverton were dispatched to an apartment complex near the intersection of Southwest Hall Boulevard and Center Street on a report of two vehicles on fire in the parking lot.

A TVF&R deputy fire marshal, who was in the area, arrived on scene and discovered flames from the vehicle fire spreading to an adjacent apartment building located at 3558 S.W. 125th Ave.

The discovery prompted dispatch to call in addition crews to the scene. Firefighters arrived within five minutes of dispatch and were able to extinguish the vehicle fires. They also prevented the blaze from entering the adjacent apartment building, said Lt. Timothy Nokes, a fire district spokesman.

"Damage to the apartment complex was contained to the exterior of the building and included two large windows that made the bottom-floor apartment uninhabitable for the day," Nokes said. "The vehicles' owner stated that both vehicles had been sitting for several weeks, and they were both in good working order at the time of the fire."

Both vehicles were fully insured, and the tenants of the affected apartment had renter's insurance, he added. The American Red Cross offered housing assistance to the family of five that was displayed because of the fire.

A TVF&R fire investigator remained on scene to determine the cause of the blaze.

"Both vehicles appear to be a total loss," Nokes said.

No damage estimate was SUBMITTED PHOTO: TVF&R - A two-vehicle fire spread to the exterior of a Beaverton apartment on Tuesday morning, displacing five residents.

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