Deputy, off-duty fire captain help with Tigard house fire


The PuslePoint app alerted an off-duty fire captain of a nearby house fire

Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue respond to a Tigard house fire. September 23, 2019 (Courtesy Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue)

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.

A Washington County Sheriff’s Deputy first spotted smoke coming from a Tigard home on 92nd Avenue. September 23, 2019 (Courtesy Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue)

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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