January 20 2019
HILLSBORO, Oregon - At 4:30 Friday afternoon Hillsboro Fire Department Station 6 was dispatched to a commercial fire at the Commons at Verandas Apartments on NE Overlook Drive.
Firefighters on Engine 6 arrived to find smoke coming from the attic of a group of twelve apartments, the smoke alarms sounding and all of the residents safely outside. As firefighters on Engine 6 looked for the source of the smoke they found active fire in the attic. Additional arriving personnel joined the fight and had the fire knocked down within 25 minutes.
The fire was contained to the building's attic. There is no smoke or fire damage in any of the individual apartments. Three of the apartments have water damage resulting from the water used to extinguish the fire. Residents that are unable to return to their apartments will be housed is currently vacant apartments in the complex.
A Hillsboro Fire Investigator is working to determine the cause of the fire. No damage estimate has been determined.
Twenty-seven fire personnel responded to the fire. Hillsboro Fire Department was assisted by Tualatin Valley Fire and Rescue. No firefighter or resident injuries were reported.
The Hillsboro Fire Department reminds homeowners that fire spreads quickly. Working smoke alarms are you first indication of fire. Be fire safe by checking your smoke alarms regularly and develop and practice a home escape plan.