Fire damages Miller’s Homestead Restaurant

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TUALATIN, Ore. (KOIN)– A fire at Miller’s Homestead Restaurant is under investigation.

Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue crews say a passerby saw “billowing” smoke coming from the roof of Miller’s Homestead Restaurant on McEwan Road around 11:50 p.m. Sunday and called 911.

It appeared firefighters were getting the upper hand on the fire when conditions rapidly changed. About 15 minutes after interior firefighting started, “we had to withdraw crews from the structure due to an extreme electrical hazard,” Battalion Chief Dan Griffin said.

Just before 1 a.m. on Monday, the fire was declared under control.

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Overnight Fire For Clark Vaue and True Value Hardware Results in Loss For Business and Community

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TUALATIN, Ore — A family-run business in Tualatin that has been open for more than 50 years was destroyed in a fire early Sunday morning.

Crews were called to Clark Lumber and True Value Hardware on SW Nyberg Street around 2:30 a.m. Even though crews got there within a few minutes, firefighters had to remain outside due to the heat, intensity and fuel load in the steel frame and concrete building.

The building was “like an oven” as tools, paints and other contents burned. Witnesses say they heard the sound of exploding propane tanks and other items for hours.

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Massive Fire Destroys Boat Storage Facility In Jantzen Beach

News Release from Portland Fire & Rescue
Posted on FlashAlert: February 29th, 2016 2:25 AM

Portland Fire and Rescue responded to a commercial alarm at around 10:30 Sunday night at 570 NE Tomahawk Island Dr. This fire was rapidly upgraded to a 2nd and 3rd alarm and eventually a 4th alarm. This is the Sundance Marina which dry docks boats inside a warehouse in a stacked system. At the time of the fire there were around 350 boats inside. Due to the size of the structure and the heavy fire involvement a “defensive” fire attack was employed. This involved the use of aerial Trucks to place water into the structure from an elevated position.

Early into the fire, crews were able to safely assist the owner in removing files and other essential information from inside the office. Due to this location being at the end of a small island, water supply from hydrants was not adequate. Three separate fire boats were used to supply water from the river to the land based units. At least one boat hit the fire from the water as well.

About two hours into the fire, parts of the structure began to collapse and a 4th alarm was called. Well over 100 fire personnel from both PF&R and Vancouver Fire were working at this fire. A US Coast Guard representative was called to advise for potential water related hazards.

At the time of this release there is still active fire smoldering inside the collapsed structure. Crews will be on scene for a while monitoring the scene.

Fire investigators are on scene and will be working on a cause. A dollar loss has not been established.

UPDATE: Portland Fire & Rescue’s Arson Squad has turned the site over to the owner of the Marina and his insurance representative. Fire investigators at this time have no reason to suspect that this is an intentionally set fire. The investigation is still ongoing. All insurance inquiries regarding contents should be directed to the Marina owner’s insurance representative. 


TVF&R fights fires in King City and Beaverton early Sunday

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Eleven people were displaced from a King City Apartment and several Beaverton businesses were damaged in two early Sunday fires battled by Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue.

No one was injured in either fire.

In the first incident, firefighters responded to a fire alarm at the Riverwood Heights Apartments in the 12000 block of S.W. Fischer Road in King City just after midnight on Feb. 14. The manual alarm was pulled by a tenant who spotted a third-story balcony engulfed in flames.

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What To Do In The Calm After The Storm

Storms happen frequently in the Pacific Northwest. Typically they bring with them minor damages to homes and businesses. Occasionally, more powerful or consecutive storms hit and the damages and destruction they leave behind are harder to cope with.  How prepared are you to provide proof of damages to your home and belongings after a disaster or storm? 

Surprisingly, a large number of home and business owners are not prepared for what needs to happen in the aftermath. Being ill-prepared for what needs to take place can create a number of problems that cause delays with repairs, home displacement, re-opening your business, and the insurance claims process. 

We have prepared a checklist to help walk home and business owners through what needs to take place during the calm after the storm.

  1. Assess and document damages when it is deemed safe to do so. If the damage is minor, assess it, take note of everything that was damaged or destroyed, and document it. If it is major damage, call a contractor to mitigate damages (to avoid additional damage) or your local fire department if there is danger of collapse of any walls or ceiling. Ask for a report (if possible) for your records. It will help with your claims process. Once it is deemed safe to enter, then assess, take note, document on your own as well. If you are displaced due to damages, keep receipts of all expenses, and any other financial impact the displacement presents.
  2. Contact your insurance company and file a claim within the 1st 24 hours after the storm. Keep a record of who you speak to, the date and time you spoke to them, and what was discussed. 
  3. Take high quality pictures of any damages and label them. Photographs help you in the presentation of proof of damages to your property. They are extremely helpful for all involved, and can speak to the extent of damage sustained to your home or business. Do not wait to take photographs, take them from several angles, and take them throughout the clean up/rebuilding process. Save them several different ways (USB, Cloud, External Hard Drive, Hard Copy).
  4. Have a consultation with a law firm to have them prepared should you need them. An initial consultation will allow you to find out what to expect during the claim process and what are your options.     

The claims process can be lengthy. If you don’t know how to navigate it, chances are you could miss steps that could mean a loss of funds that you are entitled. Law firms like Millard & Bragg Attorneys at Law P.C. are experts in the insurance claims process and can help you get the results you deserve. 

Call to schedule a consultation with the lawyer of your choosing to give you the peace of mind you need during this difficult time.

Commercial Fire in Tigard Impacts Four Businesses


Just after 11a.m. this morning, multiple callers to 9-1-1 reported flames and billowing smoke coming from the second-story windows of a commercial building in the 12000 block of SW Main Street in downtown Tigard. 

First-arriving firefighters began to attack the fire from inside and outside the building. They also searched to confirm that all the building’s occupants were safely evacuated. As fire conditions worsened, firefighters exited the building and continued to spray water from hose lines and an aerial stream. For more than an hour, firefighters worked to remove siding and extinguish hot spots in hard to reach void spaces to prevent the fire from rekindling. 

There were no injuries as a result of the fire. An investigator remains on scene and will evaluate burn patterns and material evidence to determine where and how the fire started. The building housed four businesses including the bike shop that sustained the most damage. All businesses will like remain closed for some time due to water, fire and smoke damage. The building was insured, but did not contain a fire sprinkler system. When a fire sprinkler system is present, the likelihood of injuries and costly damage is dramatically reduced. More information about fire sprinkler systems can be found at: 

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Dog helps save Damascus family from fire

A family’s home is badly damaged after a fire broke out late Thursday morning in Damascus. But the family who lives there is fine, thanks to a brave boy and his dog.

Aiden Whatford, 13, says it all started around 11 a.m. Thursday, when Jax, the family dog, began barking and wouldn’t stop.

When Aiden came and looked out the front window, he could see smoke and flames pouring from the family’s attic.

“The outline of the door was orange, and so was the window,” he said. “So I knew it was a fire right away, before the smoke came in.”

“It’s a fire. Am I going to make it out of here?” His mind was racing. “But the first thing that went through my head was, ‘I need to get Karen.'”

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Off-Duty Firefighter and Neighbor Rescue One Resident From House Fire

A TVF&R Investigator has determined that the area of origin for the fire was located one of the bedrooms of the home. The investigation remains open and ongoing. No damage estimate is available at this time.

Two residents of a home located at 18111 SW Kramien Road in Wilsonville were awoken by a quickly moving fire at approximately 6:05 a.m. today.

One resident was able to escape safely. A second resident was still inside the house.

As neighbors called 911, an off-duty TVF&R firefighter who lived nearby, was alerted to the fire via the PulsePoint app on his smartphone. TVF&R Firefighter Chris Mills and neighbor Jesse Keller pulled one adult woman to safety to on-scene medical crews.

Crews en route to the scene saw a large column of black smoke prompting escalation of the incident to a second-alarm response. This brought additional resources, including water tenders to shuttle water to the scene for firefighting.

On arrival, crews found a single-story house fully involved in fire. Crews began fighting the fire while additional crews tended to the rescued patient. Firefighters searched the home and confirmed no additional occupants were inside.

One patient sustained life-threatening injuries as a result of the fire and was transported by Life Flight helicopter to a local hospital. One patient was assessed on scene and taken to a local hospital for evaluation as a precaution. A number of animals were found on-scene, including four dogs, one cat, one parakeet, and a number of ducks and geese. Two dogs perished as a result of the fire.

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