Shortly after 1 p.m. today, multiple callers to 911 reported a townhouse that was on fire in the 11000 block of Buffalo Place in Tigard.
First-incoming crews found heavy smoke and flames coming from the second-story deck of two, connected townhomes and immediately began aggressive fire attack measures. Additional arriving crews performed a search of all units involved and adjacent units to ensure everyone evacuated safely. None of the involved units were occupied at the time the fire broke out. Firefighters did rescue a dog from one of the units, and a neighbor will be taking care of the dog until contact is made with the owner. Thankfully, the dog was not injured.
The fire quickly spread from the second-story deck to the exterior of the third floor and into the attic of both units. The two units mostly sustained exterior damage but are not habitable. A third unit is also not habitable, since firefighters made entry into it while battling the fire and checking to see if the fire had extended beyond the two units. At least three people and one dog are displaced from the two units with fire and smoke damage. With electricity being shut off to the six-unit building, more residents may be displaced; total number is unknown at this time. Housing assistance will be provided if needed.
One firefighter did sustain non-life-threatening injuries while battling the fire and was transported to a local hospital. No further information will be released about the injured firefighter.
It took approximately 40 minutes to extinguish the fire. Crews were challenged with dangerous wind gusts, low humidity, and warm temperatures.
Cause of the fire is currently under investigation.
TVF&R was assisted on scene by Lake Oswego Fire and Tigard Police Department.
Firefighters battle townhouse fire
Firefighter comforts rescued dog