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Posted on: April 19, 2016

Fire Crews Quickly Contain Residential Fire in Rural Tualatin

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Just after 5:35 this evening, Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue firefighters were called to a reported fire at a single-family residence located in the 6000 block of Southwest Wilhelm Road in a rural area just outside the city of Tualatin.

The homeowner, who discovered the fire, reported a room in the basement of the residence was involved in fire. The homeowner told 911 dispatchers they were attempting to extinguish the flames from the exterior of the home using a garden hose.

Firefighters from TVF&R's Tualatin Fire Station arrived on scene within four minutes and confirmed the fire was in the basement of the residence. Crews quickly began an initial fire attack and search for potential victims.

It was quickly confirmed that all occupants had safely exited the residence. Because the fire was located in an area of the fire district without fire hydrants, additional resources were added to the response, including water tenders.

Due to the quick actions of the first arriving crew, the fire was contained with the water on the first arriving units, and the water tender response was canceled. Crews had the fire under control within 10 minutes of arrival.

Southwest 65th Avenue was closed for a period of time to provide firefighters and fire apparatus a safe working area.

There were no injuries reported as a result of this fire, and an estimated $10,000 in damage to the home was contained to the basement area.

A TVF&R fire investigator responded to the scene to determine the cause of the fire. The investigator confirmed that the fire originated in a pool heater located in the basement of the home. The heater had been reportedly malfunctioning since early this morning.

The homeowners have insurance and will be able to stay at the home tonight.

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