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Posted on: August 3, 2015

**Updated with Fire Cause** Fast-moving fire heavily damages home

SW Wilhelm Rd fire

**UPDATE – Aug 10, 2015: Fire Cause**

A TVF&R investigator has determined that the most competent heat source for the fire was a BBQ grill at the rear of the home that included other combustible materials present in the area of origin. Damage estimate for this incident is approximated to be $1.4 million dollars that includes the structure and contents.

### END UPDATE ###

At 12:33 a.m. on Monday, a resident called 911 to report a fire in the 6300 block of Southwest Wilhelm Road near Tualatin. The fire was reportedly near the area of a grill at the rear of a house and had started to burn up the backside of the home.

The resident quickly evacuated his family to safety as crews were en route to the scene.

The first arriving engine from Station 56 found the two-story house fully involved in flames and immediately initiated an attack on the fire. The incident was upgraded to a first-alarm response to bring additional resources to the scene, including water tenders to shuttle water to fight the fire.

Crews attacked the fire from all sides of the home with large volumes of water. Crews confirmed that all residents were out safely and fought the fire from the exterior for the safety of firefighters.

Parts of the home suffered structural collapse during the firefighting operations. No injuries were reported, and no other structures were involved.

Two residents and a dog were displaced as a result of this fire. They are being provided support by neighbors.

Firefighters were able to salvage one of the family’s vehicles parked in front of the garage by towing it away from the home using a winch. Nearly 50 firefighters responded to the incident.

Crews will remain on scene throughout the morning to put out hot spots and prevent any rekindling of the fire. Neighbors may see or smell smoke around the fire scene during this continued operation.

A TVF&R fire investigator responded to the scene and will conduct interviews and examine material evidence to try to determine the fire cause. No damage estimate is available at this time.

TVF&R reminds everyone to have and maintain working smoke alarms in your home. For more information about smoke alarms or other safety tips, please visit www.tvfr.com.


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