Just after 5:35 this evening, firefighters were called to a reported fire at a single family residence located at 6495 SW Wilhelm Rd, in a rural area just outside the city of Tualatin. The homeowner, who had 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 TVFR's Tualatin Fire Station arrived on scene within 4 minutes and confirmed the fire was in the basement of the residence. Crew's quickly began an initial fire attack and search for potential victims. It was quickly confirmed that all occupants had exited the residence safely. 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 after arrival. SW 65th Ave 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 damage to the home was contained to the basement area.
A TVFR fire investigator is currently on scene to determine the cause of the fire. Initial indications point to the fire originating at a pool heater located in the basement. The homeowner reported to investigators the heater had been malfunctioning since early this morning. At this time there are no damage estimates available.