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Story by The Oregon Herald Staff
Published on Saturday December 19, 2020 - 6:33 AM

At 1:46 pm today, a resident at a home in the 1900-block of SE Alder Street in Hillsboro called 911 reporting that a fire started in the kitchen and was spreading quickly out of control. Reports of heavy grey smoke were billowing out from the home. Three adults and one child living in the home escaped safely but it was reported that there were three pets still inside. A Hillsboro Police officer assisted by retrieving one of the pets to safety and keeping the residents from re-entering the home. The incident was upgraded to a first alarm bringing additional resources to the scene.

Engine 2 and Engine 1 arrived within four minutes and reported seeing heavy smoke. Crews quickly knocked down the fire. A primary search was conducted and confirmed that the three adults and one child living in the home made it out safely. The homeowner advised crews that two pets were still missing. A secondary search located a dog and a cat that sadly perished. One adult resident was evaluated by paramedics at the scene for reported non-life-threatening injuries. A chaplain responded to the incident to provide support to the residents and crews.

The fire investigator determined the cause to be a cooking fire. The fire spread quickly from the kitchen area to the entire back of the home and patio covering and caused significant damage.

Hillsboro Fire & Rescue was assisted by Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue, Metro West Ambulance, Hillsboro Police, and Portland General Electric.

Hillsboro Fire & Rescue reminds you to always remain present when cooking. Keep flammables away from cooking surfaces and ensure that your home smoke alarms are present and functioning. Test alarms regularly and practice your home fire escape plan to know what to do in an emergency. To learn more, visit our website at