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Heat from torch to blame for commercial fire in Beaverton

Building on Farmington Road was being renovated


A Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue fire investigator determined the cause of an Aug. 7 commercial fire in Beaverton was heat from a torch that in-turn overheated a steel pipe and ignited nearby combustibles. The owner of the 2,997-square-foot building told officials it was under renovation and its heating, ventilation and air-conditioning system was also being updated at the time of the blaze. Photo Credit: SUBMITTED PHOTO: TVF&R - Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue firefighters cut holes in the roof to ventilate the building, allowing hot gases to escape and improve visibility inside the building. Once ventilation was complete, crews re-entered the building to extinguish the remaining fire.

Just before 7 p.m. on Thursday, Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue firefighters were dispatched to a report of a fire in the 12000 block of S.W. Farmington Road in Beaverton.

Upon arrival, crews found heavy smoke coming from the roof vents and initiated an interior attack of the fire.

Once inside, firefighters focused their attention on the mezzanine level of the building, where they were faced with high heat and no visibility. Soon after entry, there were concerns about the structural integrity of the mezzanine floor, and firefighters evacuated the building as a safety precaution.

While crews continued to battle the fire from the exterior, other firefighters cut roof holes to ventilate the building, allowing hot gases to escape and improve interior visibility. Once ventilation was complete, crews re-entered the building to extinguish the remaining fire.

To assist with the operation, a second alarm was called to bring additional resources to the scene.

A search of the the building found no one inside, and no injuries were reported.

Damage to the building is estimated at $76,000.



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