Saturday, June 24, 2017

Fire Destroys Cornelius Home (Photo)

FIRE DESTROYS CORNELIUS HOME (PHOTO)


News Release from Cornelius Fire Dept.
Posted on FlashAlert: June 24th, 2017 10:33 AM
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Last night, June 23rd at 7:36pm, firefighters were sent to a reported house fire in the 100 block of North 5th Place in Cornelius. Crews arrived shortly later to find heavy fire and smoke coming from the rear of a double wide mobile home. Firefighters deployed multiple hose lines to knock down the flames and prevent the flames from spreading to nearby homes. Before firefighters could knocked down the flames from the rear of the house, the flames had spread into the roof void of the house, which is difficult to access. Due to the complexity of the fire hidden in the roof void and 80 degree temperatures, a 2nd Alarm was dispatched to bring in additional resources from neighboring departments.

Due to direct flame exposure to the lightweight roof construction, the roof began to weaken and then collapsed. Because if this, it was not safe for firefighters to be inside the structure and had to withdraw and fight the flames from outside. It took firefighters almost 2 hours to fully extinguish the fire and its major hot spots. No residents or firefighters were injured in the incident.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation, but is believed to have started in a shed located on the rear of the structure. The home is considered a total loss. The residents of the home are being assisted by Red Cross, as well as two neighboring homes which had displaced residents due to heavy smoke damage in their homes.

Cornelius Fire was assisted on scene by Forest Grove Fire & Rescue, Gaston Fire District, Hillsboro Fire & Rescue, Banks Fire District, Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue and Washington County Sheriffs Office.

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Call information:
Engines: 7
Truck: 1
Fire Medic: 1
Support: 2
Chiefs: 2

Total fire personnel: 40


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