Engine 1 and Engine 5 arrived within three minutes of dispatch and began attacking the fire. Firefighters searched the apartment on fire and all the units within the complex and confirmed that all residents had evacuated safely. For safety, East Main Street was closed between SE 10th Avenue and SE 12th Avenue. TriMet MAX was briefly interrupted due to the proximity of the fire to the light rail tracks. Firefighters had the fire extinguished within six minutes then transitioned to check for fire extension to other units in the complex. No injuries were reported.
Seventeen people were displaced as a result of the fire. Due to the cold temperatures, a TriMet bus was provided to give temporary shelter and warmth. A Hillsboro public safety chaplain responded in addition to the American Red Cross to provide assistance to victims.
A Hillsboro Fire Investigator determined the cause to be combustible materials that ignited from a baseboard heater in a bedroom. Three units were impacted by the fire.
Hillsboro Fire & Rescue reminds you to keep all combustible materials at least three feet away from all heaters and heat sources in your home at all times. Test your home's smoke alarms at least once per month and practice your home fire escape plan with your family members.
Hillsboro Fire & Rescue thanks its partners who responded and assisted on the fire: Cornelius Fire Department, Forest Grove Fire & Rescue, Tualatin Valley Fire and Rescue, Metro West Ambulance, Hillsboro Police, and Portland General Electric.