PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — An off-duty fire captain and a sheriff’s deputy were in the right place at the right time Monday, and were the first on-scene at a Tigard house fire, according to Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue.
A Washington County Sheriff’s deputy was on patrol on Durham Road when he noticed smoke coming from a home on 92nd Avenue. He immediately notified dispatchers while heading toward the house. Once dispatchers were notified, the house fire registered on the PulsePoint app as a first-alarm residential fire. This alerted the off-duty Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue captain who was nearby.
First at the scene, the captain and the deputy went into the house to check if anyone was trapped inside. Then they began dousing the fire with a garden hose.
A crew from the King City Station 35 arrived, and was able to extinguish what was left of the fire. Firefighters rescued two dogs that were uninjured. A cat was also found at the house that needed medical attention. It is expected to survive, according to TVF&R.
The fire investigator said the cause of the fire appeared to be accidental, starting over the stovetop in the kitchen.
TVF&R notes that the home only had one smoke alarm and no sprinkler system. They advise that every home should have a smoke alarm on every level, as well as in each bedroom.
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