Obstacles from construction work hampered crews' ability to quell blaze

A fire on Sunday evening caused heavy damage to a Beaverton house believed to be vacant. No was was injured in the blaze.

Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue personnel were dispatched at 7:28 p.m. to neighbors' reports of black smoke coming from a house at 2000 McCamley Road in Beaverton. The first arriving crew reported heavy fire coming from several sides of the house. Access proved to be an immediate problem because of the property's flag-lot configuration. Additional crews stretched hose lines through the yards of adjacent homes to access all sides of the approximately 2,500-square-foot structure. Despite reports that the house was vacant, firefighters initiated a search, but found no one in the structure, said Lt. Tim Nokes, a fire district spokesman.

In addition to heavy, black smoke, evidence of construction activity further hampered the search, particularly in areas where the flooring above a daylight basement had been removed with loose plywood left in its place.

Neighbors in houses as close as 25 feet away expressed concern about the blaze spreading, but quick action by firefighters contained the fire, which was fully controlled in 20 minutes, Nokes said. There were no reported injuries.

An investigation into the cause of the blaze began Sunday evening.

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