Garage fire torches home, damages 8 vintage cars

Washington County

There was no fire sprinkler system in the home on SW Birchwood Road

A fire in the 8000 block of SW Birchwood Road damaged the home and 8 vintage cars, December 1, 2020 (TVFR)

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — A burned towel that had been tossed into a garage trash bin set nearby combustible on fire that spread into the home’s attic and damaged 8 vintage cars Tuesday night in Washington County.

The homeowner first tried to put out the fire in the 8000 block of SW Birchwood Road with a garden hose, but it was too hot and spreading. He called 911 and firefighters quickly arrived.

Within 25 minutes the blaze was under control but it took more than 2 hours for firefighters to check for all the hot spots.

The garage contained 8 vintage cars that were all damaged by either smoke, water or fire. The home was insured but investigators said it didn’t have a fire sprinkler system.

The homeowner was not hurt but doesn’t have a place to live at this moment.

Authorities did not provide an estimate of damage.

A fire in the 8000 block of SW Birchwood Road damaged the home and 8 vintage cars, December 1, 2020 (TVFR)

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