A Sunday fire on Tonquin Road in Sherwood significantly damages a home that was being used as a business

by: TUALATIN VALLEY FIRE & RESCUE - Crews from Tualatin Valley Fire &  Rescue control a major house fire on Tonquin Road Sunday.Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue firefighters battled a blaze involving a fully engulfed house on Tonquin Road in Sherwood Sunday afternoon.

At 12:20 p.m., the district received a call from a passerby who reported black smoke and flames coming from a single-story home at 11285 S.W. Tonquin Road. When firefighters arrived at the scene, they found the structure fully involved in fire and initiated a defensive fire attack.

A fire commander also discovered that low-hanging power lines were already involved in the fire and noticed a large propane tank on the east side of the home as well. In addition, a train was approaching and a large amount of smoke from the fire was blowing across the train tracks along Tonquin Road.

Railroad officials were notified and both sides of Tonquin Road were closed to traffic during the fire.

Fire officials reported that there were no other structures threatened by the fire. The involved home, which was vacant at the time of the fire, was being used as an office for a business and not as a residence. Firefighters brought the fire under control at 12:48 pm.

The cause of the fire is unknown at this time; however, the structure suffered significant damage. A damage estimate of the fire loss has not yet been determined.

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